Bobcats don't relax until final buzzer versus WSU Wildcats

Jan 25 2013 - 12:17am


BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Davion Berry was so hot, he gave Antonio Biglow a flashback. 

Berry, Weber State's 6-foot-4 junior swingman, caught fire during the last two minutes, 22 seconds of WSU's battle here against Montana State on Thursday night. Berry hit four straight NBA-range 3-pointers in less than two minutes as the Wildcats clawed to stay atop the Big Sky Conference. 

Although Berry wasn't able to shoot WSU into the win column -- MSU hit all 14 of its free throws during the stretch to pull out a 79-74 victory -- the Oakland native's late-game performance conjured up visions of another WSU Bay Area great. 

"Oh man, I was having flashbacks, wondering if Damian Lillard was here again," said Biglow, alluding to last season's Big Sky MVP who is now the Portland Trailblazers' starting point guard. "He made some tough 3-pointers. Those were NBA range. He wasn't on the college line. He was coming off at about the tip of our Bobcat head on the court."

Berry ended up with 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including a 6-of-8 effort from downtown. The point total was the second-highest of the season for Berry -- he scored 25 against BYU -- as the sweet shooter continued to prove his worth after transferring to WSU. He was a 2011 Division II All-America pick at Cal State-Monterrey Bay. 

"I was just trying to make all of them so we could keep scrapping and try to get back in the game," Berry said. "They just beat us."

Berry's first 3-pointer in his 142-second barrage came 1:32 ahead of his second. Berry's third and fourth triples were six seconds apart. Senior guard Scott Bamforth, who scored 14 points, got in the final act, drilling his fourth 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to cut the lead to three, but the Bobcats held on at the charity stripe. 

The Bobcats, winners of six out of eight, moved into third place in the Big Sky all alone at 5-4. But MSU didn't stop sweating until the final buzzer sounded. 

"(It wasn't over) Until the clock hit 0:00," Biglow said. "Every time we went on a run, they came down and knocked down some deep 3s. We had to go full throttle the whole game."

Weber State hits I-90 headed west for a Saturday evening date with defending regular-season and conference tournament champion Montana. UM moved to 9-0 in league play with a 70-51 win over Idaho State in Missoula on Thursday. 

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