Pocatello • The Big Sky Conference race got a little tighter Monday night.
Chris Hansen scored 27 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in overtime, to lead Idaho State to a 78-75 victory over Weber State at Holt Arena.
The loss dropped the Wildcats to 14-8 overall and 11-3 in the Big Sky. They own a two-game lead Northern Colorado with six league games remaining, including four on the road.
Idaho State, which defeated Weber State for only the second time in the last 12 meetings between the longtime rivals, improved to 10-13 overall and 7-7 in conference play.
Davion Berry scored 20 points to lead Weber State, but he was only 6-for-19 from the field and missed a tying 3-pointer as time expired in overtime.
Jeremy Senglin added 18 points for the Wildcats, including 14 in the first half.
With 14:14 remaining in regulation, Weber State found itself trailing, 46-37. But the Wildcats used an 18-9 run over the next six minutes to tie the game, 55-55.
Weber grabbed a 68-64 lead on Joel Bolomboy’s three-point play with 3:02 left, but Idaho State rallied.
Andre Hatchett calmly sank two free throws to tie the game, 70-70, with 45 seconds to play in regulation.
On Weber’s final possession, Berry was called for an offensive foul, but his steal at the buzzer prevented the Bengals from getting off a final shot.
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