PORTLAND, Ore. -- Five Weber State players scored in double figures Saturday night at the Stott Center and the Wildcats needed every one of them to escape with a 73-69 overtime at Portland State.
Jordan Richardson and Gelaun Wheelwright each had 14 points, Scott Bamforth had 13 and Davion Berry and Kyle Tresnak each added 12 as Weber State (6-3, 2-0 Big Sky) won its fifth straight over Portland State (3-6, 1-1) and swept its first Big Sky Conference road trip of the season.
Berry also dished seven assists and hit one of two free throws with 17 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Wildcats a four-point lead. He also made a nice dish to Tresnak for a dunk with 1:07 remaining as Weber State answered a pair of free throws from Michael Harthun that cut their lead to one.
The Wildcats turned the ball over 15 times but shot 54.7 percent from the field, including 4 of 5 in the overtime period.
"That was a battle," Weber State coach Randy Rahe said. "I told them, all summer and all fall, we've been trying to form an identity because we've got a pretty new, inexperienced team in a lot of ways. I told them I don't know if we're tough enough, I don't know if we had the togetherness, I didn't know if we had the leadership to be any good. This game on the road told me they've got all those things that they need."
Aaron Moore finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Portland State but missed two free throws with 24.3 seconds to go in regulation, giving Weber State a chance to take the last shot, but Davion Berry's 3-point try at the buzzer came off the front rim and Kyle Tresnak grabbed board but couldn't get it to go as time expired.
Renado Parker added 18 and Lateef McMullan had 10 points and seven assists for the Vikings, who made just 2 of 7 in the overtime period to drop their overall shooting percentage to 45.6.
Frank Otis and Joel Bolomboy each had eight rebounds to lead Weber State to a 31-27 advantage on the glass.
Wheelwright's 14 points set a new season-high after he was held scoreless against Eastern Washington on Thursday to follow a 12-point outing against BYU.
"It feels really good, gives us a lot of confidence (to win twice on the first Big Sky road trip)," Wheelwright said. "Hopefully it makes teams look out for us.
"Last game, Eastern Washington, I felt like my head wasn't straight, I couldn't really help my teammates. To myself, I felt like I let them down, so this game, I just made sure I came in focused and did all I can to contribute."
The Wildcats started hot with treys from Bamforth, Richardson and Berry while hitting six of their first seven shots to take a 13-4 lead, but Portland State used a halfcourt trap to get back in the game.
"We're growing, every day, every game," Bamforth said. "Every win is good, especially to come on the road, especially coming to Portland State. They're a tough team. They play a lot different at home, they're fast at home, they play uptempo, so it was good for us."
Thursday's win will help the Wildcats down the road, Bamforth said.
"It helps us a lot. To get an overtime game in conference early, it helps us a lot, because there's going to be probably another overtime game later in the season that we need to get that win," he said.
Weber State is off now for Christmas before returning to the Dee Events Center on Dec. 29 for a non-conference tune-up against University of the Southwest.