OGDEN -- With victories of 42 and 21 points in their first two CollegeInsider.com Tournament games, the Wildcats hadn't needed much in the way of scoring from Davion Berry.
Until Wednesday night.
With a talented Oral Roberts team pushing its way back into the CIT quarterfinals contest, Berry reminded 6,638 fans at the Dee Events Center why he was an all-league player and the Big Sky Conference newcomer of the year.
The junior transfer from Oakland, Calif., contributed career highs in points (27) and assists (10) as Weber State held off Oral Roberts for a 83-74 victory.
Junior center Kyle Tresnak tossed in 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds and senior shooting guard Scott Bamforth added 18 points for the Wildcats, who advance to play at Northern Iowa in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament semifinals on Saturday in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The winner will host the CIT championship game next Tuesday against either Evansville or East Carolina.
Weber State (29-6) won its rematch with Oral Roberts (20-15) on Wednesday, following up on a 70-66 BracketBusters victory on Feb. 23 in Tulsa, Okla.
The 'Cats needed strong second halves in both games to come away with the win.
WSU shot 55.6 percent after the break and 49.1 percent overall while outrebounding the Golden Eagles 39-29. Senior forward Frank "Mook" Otis led WSU with nine boards.
Bamforth added to his new WSU career record for 3s made by hitting three on Wednesday. That gave him the single-season record for 3s with 95 this year, and Berry hit four triples as the Wildcats combined to 8 of 20 from beyond the arc (40.0 percent).
Other records: WSU became the first Big Sky team to play 35 games in one year and set school single-season records for total points and most home wins (17).
After scoring 12 in WSU's CIT opener win over Cal Poly and seven in the second round against Air Force, Berry said it was time to get going offensively.
"When you're not making shots, you just have to see the ball go in," Berry said. "My first shot went in, so I knew it was going to be a good night from then on, so I worked through it."
A gift of a technical foul by ORU's Warren Niles gave Berry the chance to go to the line in the final seconds to add two free throws to set a new career high.
University of Utah transfer Shawn Glover and center Damen Bell-Holter led ORU with 19 points each and guard Warren Niles added 18, but Weber State responded when Glover hit a jumper to cut a double-digit WSU advantage down to one with 9:01 remaining.
Berry followed up with a 3, then when ORU pulled within two on a pair of free throws with 6:46 to go, he stole the ball and fed it to Bamforth for another 3 to start a 12-2 run.
"I thought Scott's 3 was huge, when they were making a run, to kind of jumpstart us," Weber State coach Randy Rahe said. "Once we hit that 3, I thought our energy went up and were kind of able to get away from them a little bit."
Berry said the 'Cats just got tougher.
"We've been in that position a lot this season, so we just came out there and let our defense turn into offense," Berry said. "We knew they were going to battle. We hit our wall but we pushed through the wall too."
Three defensive stops in a row shook the Wildcats free to score in transition, with point guard Jordan Richardson hitting a 3 and finding open shooters.
"The team as a whole, we stepped up at the end, got stops when we needed and that helped us get on a run," Tresnak said.
WSU kept Niles, ORU's leading scorer, and forward Steven Roundtree, who was coming off a pair of double-doubles, quiet for the better part of the game. Niles ended up with 18 but was just 2 of 9 from deep and Roundtree fouled out early with five points and eight boards.