BY STEVE SCHAACK-ISU MEDIA RELATIONS
POCATELLO, Idaho – Idaho State dropped their final home game of the season to Sacramento State 70-67 Saturday night in Reed Gym. The Bengals’ record fell to 7-8 in Big Sky Conference play, 9-19 overall.
With the game tied at 67 with nine seconds left, Sacramento State’s Joe Eberhard hit a 3-pointer with one second left to clinch the game at 70-67.
“You have to give them credit,” Idaho State Interim Head Coach Deane Martin said. “They made a good shot tonight. When we were at Pacific they made a good shot too. You have to give those teams credit. The good thing is we give ourselves a chance. Unfortunately tonight we didn’t play very well. You have to give Sac State credit because they took advantage of everything.”
Senior guard Kenny McGowen, playing in his last home game, led the Bengals in scoring with 30 points, shooting 9-for-15 from the field, 6-for-12 from the three point line and made all six of his free throws. Sophomore Andre’ Hatchett had 13 points, shooting 6-for-9.
Overall, the Bengals shot 42.1 percent (24-for-57) from the field and 31.8 percent from the three point line (7-for-22).
McGowen’s fellow seniors, Chase Grabau and Abner Moreira grabbed 10 and nine rebounds, respectively. Moreira added nine points to the Bengal’s total. Junior guard Melvin Morgan facilitated five assists for the Bengals. ISU was out-rebounded by Sacramento State 39 to 28.
The Bengals led the game up until the 4:42 mark in the second half, which would be the game’s only lead change. Idaho State was held scoreless for four minutes during the stretch where the Hornets took the lead. The game was tied four times.
Idaho State closes out its season before Big Sky Conference tournament play at Eastern Washington (7-7 BSC, 13-15 overall) on Feb. 28 at 7:05 p.m. (MST).