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Steve Schaack, ISU Sports Information
1/23/2014 11:38:00 PM
POCATELLO, Idaho- The Idaho State men's basketball team lost 59-54 to Montana on Thursday evening at Reed Gym in front of a crowd of 1,838. Montana shot 50 percent in the second-half (13-26), made 8-15 from the three-point line and 12-26 for the game to spark the second-half run over the final 10 minutes.
"You have to give Montana credit," Idaho State coach Bill Evans said. "They made baskets."
Idaho State is now 3-4 in Big Sky Conference play and 6-10 overall while Montana improved to 8-8 and 3-4 in league.
Tomas Sanchez led Idaho State with 13 points and Chris Hansen scored 12. Andre Hatchett and Evann Hall each had 11 points. Hall scored his 11 points in the first half.
"I just want to come off the bench and be a spark for the team," Hall said. "It worked in the first half but Montana is a good team and they came back on us."
ISU shot 40 percent for the game but only 33 percent in the second-half while Montana shot 41.2 percent from the field.
"We got the ball where it needed to go," Evans said. "We just didn't make baskets. They made shots and we didn't. That is the bottom line."
The Bengals turned the ball over 15 times and managed only eight assists. Idaho State out rebounded Montana 32-30 thanks nine boards from Jeffrey Solarin and a season-high eight rebounds from Ayibakuro Preh.
The Bengals led 30-21 at halftime and 44-34 with 9:38 to play in the game after a 3-pointer by Hansen. Montana then outscored ISU 25-10 in the final 10 minutes to earn the win. All seven of Montana's field goals during that stretch were 3-pointers.
With 1:36 remaining, Hatchett gave Idaho State a 54-52 lead. Montana's Mario Dunn hit a 3-pointer with 1:04 left to put the Griz back on top 55-54 and then after a missed 3-pointer by the Bengals, Keron DeSheilds hit two free throws to up the UM lead to 57-54.
The Bengals turned the ball over on the ensuing possession and the game was sealed by two Jordan Gregory free throws.
The Bengals are back in action Saturday, January 25, at 7 p.m. vs. Montana State in Reed Gym.
SLOW START DOOMS BENGAL WOMEN IN MISSOULA
STORY BY JEREK WOLCOTT-ISU SPORTS INFORMATION
MISSOULA, Mont. – The Montana Lady Griz outscored the Idaho State Bengals 35-15 in the first half en route to a 67-48 victory Thursday night at Dahlberg Arena.
The Bengals were 4-of-23 (17.4 percent) from the floor in the first half and had nine first half turnovers compared to just two for Montana.
The Bengals picked up the pace significantly in the second half and made 13-of-29 shooting led by Jessica Tingey who scored all of her 10 points on 5-of-12 shooting in the second half.
Montana was able to extend their lead to 30 (67-37) with 4:08 remaining in the game but ISU ended the game on an 11-0 run to cut the final deficit to 67-48.
Kara Jenkins had 10 points and a game high nine rebounds for a near double-double.
Jordan Sullivan led the Lady Griz with 17 points and nine rebounds. Kellie Cole also scored 11 points for Montana.
The Bengals were 17-of-52 from the field (32.7 percent) while Montana shot 25-of-65 (38.5 percent).
The Bengals and Lady Griz were nearly identical on the boards with UM grabbing 39 to Idaho State’s 38.
With the loss the Bengals fall to 5-11 overall and 3-4 in Big Sky play. Montana is now 10-6 overall and 4-3 in the conference.
The Bengals continue their road trip Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. against Montana State at Shroyer Gym in Bozeman, Mont.