Bengals Lose Tough One to NAU

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Updated: 2/27/2014 10:58 pm


ISU MBB Recap vs. NAU

POCATELLO, Idaho- The Idaho State men's basketball team erased a 13-point deficit in the final eight minutes but it wasn't enough as NAU's Kris Yanku made one of two free throws with six seconds remaining to beat the Bengals 66-65 on Thursday night in Reed Gym.  Idaho State is 10-16 and 7-10 in Big Sky Conference play while Northern Arizona improved to 12-16 and 9-8 in league.

"We got beat tonight, flat out," Idaho State coach
Bill Evans said. "That is not the first time that has happened. They came in and beat us. They had 16 offensive rebounds and 13 more shots. That was the big difference, they just kept rebounding the ball offensively."

The Bengals had four players in double figures led by 17 points from
Tomas Sanchez. Andre Hatchett had 13 points, Chris Hansen 12 and Jeffrey Solarin had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Idaho State shot 44.4 percent for the game and NAU shot 44.8 percent. The Bengals were out rebounded 37-27. NAU had 16 offensive rebounds and 16 assists. ISU had 10 assists to only nine turnovers. The Bengals were 21-25 from the free throw line while NAU was six-of-14.

"They just beat us up on the glass," Evans said.

Idaho State trailed 55-42 with 7:58 left in the game. A layup by
Ayibakuro Preh and a 3-pointer by Hansen cut the Lumberjack lead to 55-47 with 6:53 remaining. A minute later the deficit was cut to 55-52 after a layup by Hatchett and a 3-pointer by Sanchez.

NAU retook a six-point lead at 65-59 with 1:35 to play. The Bengals would tie the game at 65 with 23 seconds remaining in the contest after two free throws by Hatchett, a three-point play by Solarin and another free throw by Hatchett.

In the final 20 seconds ISU was unable to get off a good shot and after a Bengal turnover with six seconds left, Yanku made one of two free throws to give Northern Arizona the win.

Idaho State plays its final home game of the 2013-14 season on Saturday, at 7 p.m., vs. Sacramento State. It will be the final home game for the three Bengal seniors, Hatchett, Sanchez and Preh.




FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Lindsey Reed and Rebecca Schrimpsher scored 23 points each to lead Idaho State to a 72-65 road win over Northern Arizona Thursday Evening.


Northern Arizona jumped out to a 12-6 lead with 14:41 remaining in the first half on a layup by Erikka Banks.


The Bengals then went on an 8-2run to tie the game at 14. After trading baskets and leads ISU took a 20-19 lead on two free throws by Reed with 8:29 remaining in the half, ISU would not trail the rest of the game.


With 3:36 left before the break Sheryl Bitter hit a 3-pointer to give Idaho State its biggest lead of the game at 33-23.


Northern Arizona then went on an 8-0 run to cut the ISU lead to 33-31 with 24 seconds on the clock. A layup by Anna Lee Policicchio with 11 seconds remaining gave the Bengals a 35-31 advantage at the break.


Northern Arizona tied the game at 41 with 15:11 left in the game on a layup by Brittani Lusain. Kara Jenkins scored a layup on the next possession to give the Bengals back the lead for good.


Idaho State extended its lead to 52-43 with 10:05 left in the game on a Schrimpsher layup.


Three times after that point the Lumberjacks were able to cut the Bengals lead to two but every single time Reed answered with a 3-pointer on the next possession.


“They made runs but every time they cut the lead to two or three, Lindsey or Becca would make a big shot,” Head Coach Seton Sobolewski said. “They were huge for us tonight. They both played like the veteran leaders they are.”


Northern Arizona cut the lead to 68-65 with 1:15 remaining and got the ball back down three with 1:07 on the clock. The Lumberjacks missed three shots on the ensuing possession and got offensive rebounds each time.


The Bengals finally got the ball back on a turnover with 42 ticks on the clock and iced the game with four Reed free throws for the 72-65 win.


“We played well and won against an NAU team that has been playing very well and we beat them at home,” Sobolewski said. “They won three of the last four and they didn’t make it easy on us.”


Idaho State was 25-51 (49 percent) from the field and 9-19 (47.4 percent) from long-distance, including 7-11 (63.6 percent) in the second half.


The Lumberjacks were 23-61 (37.7 percent) from the field but just 3-17 (17.6 percent) from the three-point line.


Reed and Schrimpsher were the only Bengals to score in double-figures with 23 points each. Jenkins led ISU with 10 rebounds.


The Big Sky’s leading scorer, Amanda Frost, scored a game-high 28 points to lead NAU and Raven Anderson scored a double-double with 23 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.


The Bengals have won two of the last three and sit in a tie for fifth place in the conference standings with Sacramento State at 9-8.


“We have lost to some really good teams but we have beaten some really good teams,” Sobolewski said. “I feel like we are in a good spot but we’ve got three tough games left on the schedule.”


The Bengals and the Hornets meet Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. MST at the Hornet’s Nest in Sacramento.

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