ANCHORAGE – Buffalo guard Blake Hamilton scored five of his game-high 23 points in the final 15 seconds Saturday and the Bulls survived a last-second scare to earn a 74-72 victory over Weber State in the third-place game of the GCI Great Alaska Shootout at the Alaska Airlines Center.

Buffalo (4-2) trailed most of the second half but rallied behind 18 points and 10 rebounds from forward Nick Perkins, while Hamilton accounted for 18 points after the break.

Weber State (2-4) was led by 21 points, five assists and two steals from guard Jeremy Senglin and 11 points and nine rebounds from forward Kyndahl Hill.

In a battle of 2016 NCAA Tournament squads, reigning Mid-American Conference champ Buffalo stormed to a 17-4 lead, only to see the reigning Big Sky Conference champs slice it to a 30-26 game at the half.

The Wildcats continued their surge in the second half and took a 60-52 lead with 6 minutes left before the Bulls came charging back. A rebound putback by Daniels gave Buffalo a 66-65 lead with 1:35 on the clock, and the Bulls would get the ball with a 69-68 lead and 43 seconds remaining.

With the shot clock running down, Hamilton drained a fall-away three-pointer with 15 seconds left, but Senglin answered with a carbon-copy shot on the other end seven seconds later. After Hamilton made two free throws with 4.8 seconds remaining, the Wildcats got the ball to reserve wing Dusty Baker, who shot a Shootout-record 10 of 11 on three-pointers in the tourney.

Baker ducked under Buffalo’s Dontay Caruthers, who was called for a foul on the three-point attempt, sending Baker to the line for three shots with eight-tenths of a second left. After Baker’s first attempt rimmed around and out, he made the second and purposefully missed the third, but Hamilton was there to secure the rebound and the win for the Bulls.