PORTLAND, Ore. -- Working against the clock for what they hoped would be the final shot, the Wildcats got everything they wanted against the Vikings except the basket -- and the win.
Portland State snapped Weber State's three-game winning streak with a closely contested 71-69 win Thursday at the Stott Center.
Sophomore shooting guard Scott Bamforth busted loose for a game-high 20 points despite his busted shoulder, dropping in his sixth 3-pointer with 59 seconds remaining to cut the Vikings' lead to 70-69.
On Portland State's following possession, junior forward Darin Mahoney -- who missed one game last week and came off the bench Thursday because of an injured calf -- blocked Chehales Tapscott's runner in the lane out of bounds with four seconds left on the shot clock. Portland State inbounded to Charles Odum, who led Portland State with 16 points, but he couldn't get a shot off either with Mahoney and center Trevor Morris hounding him.
That set up what Weber State hoped would be the final play, starting the clock with 19.4 seconds to go.
The Wildcats called the number of senior point guard Lindsey Hughey, who finished with 15 points, but Hughey drew contact while spinning to get a shot up in the lane and was called for traveling.
Weber State coach Randy Rahe wanted a foul call.
"We did everything we needed to do at the end of the game: We got the stop, we called the timeout, we ran the exact set that we wanted to do. We got the ball in the right guy's hands. We wanted to attack the basket, we attacked the basket, we just didn't get the call. That's basically what it came down to," he said.
Weber State (9-8, 3-3 Big Sky) was then forced to foul Melvin Jones, who made his first free throw and missed the second with 4.1 seconds remaining.
The Wildcats got the rebound and got the ball into Hughey's hands again at the other end. His 3-point attempt for the win missed the mark, but the officials had already waved it off as the buzzer went off.
"We fought our butts off. We hung together, we fought, scratched and clawed and came up one possession short," Rahe said. "I'm really proud of our effort."
Morris contributed 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting and junior forward Kyle Bullinger added 13 points and eight rebounds as the Wildcats shot 50 percent (9-of-18) from beyond the arc. That was in large part thanks to Bamforth, who hit 6-of-7 from deep.
"All I can say is, it's life on the road. We've got to deal with it," Rahe said. "I'm really proud of our kids' effort. They played their butts off to get themselves in position to find a way and that's all we ask of them."
Melvin Jones had 15 points for Portland State (10-8, 3-3), a team Rahe says may be the most talented in the Big Sky but is ineligible for the Big Sky Conference tournament this season. Phillip Thomas added 13 and Chris Harriel added 10.
Weber State kept it close for the dramatic finish after the Vikings retook the lead in the second half on a 12-0 run where nothing seemed to work for the Wildcats.
On one play, Portland State threw up an airball but grabbed the rebound and when Hughey got his hand out to deflect the kick-out pass, it went right to Jones, who drilled a 3 for a 58-50 lead.
Bamforth drained 4-of-4 from beyond the arc to lead the Wildcats at halftime with 12 points.
In a back-and-forth first half, Weber State took its largest lead of the half, 34-27, on a pair of Bamforth treys and an old-fashioned 3-point play by Hughey.
The Vikings put together a quick 6-0 run, but Bamforth buried a 3 from the corner as the final seconds ticked off the first-half clock to send the Wildcats to the locker room with a 37-33 lead.
Weber State travels today to Greeley, Colo., where the Wildcats will take on Northern Colorado on Saturday.
* NORTHERN COLORADO 77, SACRAMENTO STATE 72: At Sacramento, Calif., Devon Beitzel scored 25 points and Elliott Lloyd added 18 points to lead Northern Colorado over Sacramento State.
Beitzel was 8 for 13 from the field, and the two top scorers combined to go 12 for 12 from the free-throw line for the Bears (10-7, 6-0), who stayed in the lead in the Big Sky Conference.
* EASTERN WASHINGTON 72, NORTHERN ARIZONA 59: At Cheney, Wash., Kevin Winfords 14 points led four players in double figures as Eastern Washington beat Northern Arizona.
The Eagles (5-13, 2-4 Big Sky) closed it at the free throw line, making 10 straight in the final 2:14.
* MONTANA 75, IDAHO STATE 65: At Pocatello, Idaho, Brian Qvale had 19 points and 10 rebounds Thursday night to lead Montana past Idaho State.
Art Steward scored 15 points, Will Cherry had 14 points and five assists and Derek Selvig scored 10 points for the Grizzlies (14-5, 6-1 Big Sky), who shot 53 percent from the field.
* SOUTHERN UTAH 69, WESTERN ILLINOIS 48: At Cedar City, Ray Jones scored 16 points and Kyle Davis had a double-double to lead Southern Utah to a victory over Western Illinois.
Davis had 12 points and a game-best 14 rebounds for the Thunderbirds (6-12, 3-5 Summit League), who won their second straight game.
The double-double was Davis' third, and the 14 rebounds tied his career high.