Out of CIT • Weber State's season ends with a tough loss.
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Los Angeles • Weber State was short-handed, suffered through one of its worst shooting nights of the season and was dominated on the glass by Loyola Marymount in Gersten Pavilion.
Yet, despite trailing by 13 in the second half of its CollegeInsider.com Tournament, the Wildcats rallied to force overtime. However, the Lions took control in the extra period and won 84-78 in what might have been Weber State guard Damian Lillard's final collegiate game.
"We were overmatched talent-wise," said Weber State coach Randy Rahe about LMU, a team that had defeated UCLA, Saint Louis and BYU and finished fourth in the West Coast Conference. "The guys were really together today. We put ourselves in a position to do it. I'm sick to my stomach we didn't get it done."
Although Lillard led both teams with 27 points, the junior guard didn't collect his first field goal until early in the second half. Lillard, who will make a decision about entering the NBA draft in a few weeks, attacked the basket and was a career-high 14 of 14 from the foul line.
Lillard's 3-point basket with 23 seconds to play sent the game into overtime.
Weber State (25-7) also received a career-high 19 points from freshman guard Gelaun Wheelwright. The Wildcats were without second-leading scorer Scott Bamforth, who didn't make the trip due to "personal reasons."
Drew Viney scored 23 points for Loyola Marymount (21-12), while Anthony Ireland added 20 points with 10 assists. The Lions outrebounded WSU 44-31.
The Wildcats shot 31 percent in the first half and finished at 38 percent.
Wheelwright's basket with 25 seconds to play in overtime moved WSU to within 80-78. A turnover, missed shots and Ireland's four free throws wrapped up the win. The Lions will visit Utah State in the third round, Wednesday at 7 p.m.
"It will be tough for a while," Lillard said of the loss. "I wanted to keep playing. The next few weeks, I'll look back and appreciate [the season] more."