It wouldn't be a trip to Portland State without extra time.
Portland State led the entire first half, Weber State most of the second and, in overtime, a Brekkott Chapman 3-pointer with 41 seconds left propelled the Wildcats to a 95-88 win Saturday night in Portland.
It was the third straight overtime game for WSU at Portland State, all wins, in the last three seasons.
Chapman finished with 19 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and scored five points in the overtime period. Jerrick Harding led all scorers with 23 points, Zach Braxton added 18 points and Cody John scored 17 in yet another track-meet at PSU. WSU won those three OT games by an average of 95-89.
"This was definitely a team win. Everybody contributed," WSU head coach Randy Rahe said. "Our bench was into it, they contributed. Everybody who played had a piece in this one and it was fun to see."
With the score 82-82, overtime began with a hectic block party. Chapman turned away a Sal Nuhu dunk attempt, Harding chased down Deante Strickland on a breakaway for a block, Nuhu blocked Harding at the rim and, finally, Braxton cleaned up that miss for a dunk and overtime's first bucket.
Chapman hit a jumper to put Weber up 88-84 but Portland State equalized with 1:44 left when Holland Woods dished his 10th assist to Nuhu in the paint.
Weber then stood on its head for three straight possessions and PSU missed three tough shots. That led to Chapman's go-ahead 3-pointer, a runout layup from Cody John and, finally, a Harding dunk with 3 seconds left for the final margin.
"That's what we preached in overtime was we've got five minutes left, we all need to suck it up and find a way to get some stops," Rahe said. "Our discipline on those three stops was really, really good."
With its third straight road win, Weber State (10-6, 4-1 Big Sky) pulled into a three-way tie with Northern Colorado and Montana State for first place with one-quarter of the conference slate complete.
Portland State (6-9, 1-3) lost a heartbreaker after winning at Montana. Nuhu led the Vikings with 20 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.
Chapman's big game didn't start that way. Early in the second half, the senior forward had zero points, one rebound and four turnovers. With 18 minutes left, Braxton threw a long pass from halfcourt to a streaking Chapman, who threw down an emphatic dunk while being fouled for his first points of the game.
He racked up 19 points and 10 rebounds after halftime.
"He had a tough first half," Rahe said. "But Brekkott's a dang-good player ... and he was absolutely phenomenal in the second half. The big 3, I was hoping he'd take it because I knew he'd make it."
Weber had the ball to end regulation with a chance to win but, with four seconds left, Strickland — who finished with three of his team's six 3-pointers — stripped Harding and had a look from about 35 feet at the buzzer. It clanged harmlessly off the backboard.
Portland State opened with a 10-0 lead and Weber State fought the entire first half to erase the hole, shooting 1 of 9 from the 3-point line but ultimately making it a 44-42 deficit at the break. Braxton scored 14 points in the first half, almost exclusively on dunks and free throws.
Weber State was a red-hot 36 of 63 (57 percent) for the game and was 4 of 6 from deep after halftime. WSU was 18 of 21 from the foul line while PSU missed five straight down the stretch in the second half. WSU also outscored PSU 50-38 in the paint.
The most important stat was Portland State's 14 offensive rebounds, which is four less than the Vikings average per game. WSU nearly matched the effort, grabbing 11 offensive boards.
Weber State returns home to host Idaho State (Jan. 17) and Northern Colorado (Jan. 19) next week.