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Bengal Men Fight Past Bobcats, 69-64
Steve Schaack, ISU Sports Information
1/26/2014 12:40:00 AMBox Score
POCATELLO, Idaho- The Idaho State men's basketball team improved to 4-4 in Big Sky Conference play and 7-10 overall after beating Montana State 69-64 in front of a season-high crowd of 2,118 at Reed Gym.
Chris Hansen led Idaho State with 28 points and Andre Hatchett scored 20 while Tomas Sanchez had 12 points. Idaho State shot 35.8 percent from the field and held the Bobcats to 38.6 percent shooting.
"We were all frustrated after Thursday and couldn't sleep," Hatchett said. "We knew this was going to be a tough game because they beat Northern Colorado. We are a team that is never going to give up. Coach always says to fight through adversity. We had a game stolen away from us and we lost a few games that we gave away. This is a great team. I just love my team and coaches."
The Bengals out rebounded MSU 42-35 and forced 14 turnovers. ISU connected on 26-of-35 free throws while Montana State made only 10 on 18 attempts.
Ayibakuro Preh had a season-high nine rebounds while Chris Hansen had eight and Jeffrey Solarin finished with seven.
Montana State was led by Marcus Colberts 23 points.
"That dude made some big-time shots," Idaho State coach Bill Evans said. "We had to play really hard and they did. Montana State played a really good game."
The Bengals led for the majority of the game and built a lead as big as 11 points at 49-38 with 8:29 left in the game. The Bobcats then went on a run to cut the ISU lead to 49-47 two minutes later and the game would be tied at 53 with 4:28 remaining.
Idaho State extended the lead to 62-55 with 1:46 after two free throws by Hatchett and a 3-pointer by Hansen. Montana State got no closer than three points the rest of the way.
"We gave the fans what they wanted," Hatchett said. "It was a close game and we came out with a victory."
In the final 46 seconds of the game Hansen made six-of-eight free throws to help Idaho State seal the victory.
"There are a few guys in the league that shoot it better but I don't think there is any better player that shoots the ball like Chris Hansen," Idaho State coach Bill Evans said.
There were six ties and six lead changes and the Bengals trailed by as many as nine points early in the first half before taking a 27-23 halftime lead. ISU shot 29.6 percent in the first half and MSU shot 27.6 percent.
Idaho State now returns to the road for games at Sacramento State (January 30) and Northern Arizona (February 1). Tip time for the Sacramento State game is 8:05 p.m. (MST) while the NAU game starts at 3 p.m.
Schrimpsher Leads Bengals to 74-63 Win Over First Place MSUStory by Jerek Wolcott-ISU Sports Information
BOZEMAN, Mont. – The Idaho State Bengals outscored Montana State 46-36 in the first half en route to a 74-63 road win over the top team in the Big Sky Conference Saturday afternoon.
Rebecca Schrimpsher scored a career-high 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range to lead the Bengals to the win.
Both teams shot well in the first half. Montana State was 12-27 (44.4 percent) from the field while ISU shot a blistering 15-29 (51.7 percent). The difference came from the 3-point line where the Bengals were 7-12 (58.3 percent) while MSU was 0-5.
The Bengals and Bobcats went shot-for-shot in the first half and ISU held just a 31-29 lead with 5 minutes and 43 remaining. Idaho State then went on a 15-4 run capped off by a Schrimpsher 3-pointer with 44 seconds left in the first half for a 46-33 lead.
Montana State finished the first half scoring with three Kalli Durham free throws to cut into the Bengals lead and set the score at the break at 46-36.
Schrimpsher went into the break a perfect 4-4 from 3-point range and 5-9 from the field.
Montana State came out of the locker room energized and cut the ISU lead to 47-44 on a free throw by Jackie Elliott with 16:30 remaining in the game.
The Bengals then slowly extended their lead back to eight (62-54) with 4:55 to play. Then ISU went on a 7-0 run. Anna Lee Polichiccio hit a jumper, a steal led to a layup by Schrimpsher and a 3-pointer by Polichiccio, assisted by Schrimpsher gave, the Bengals a 69-54 lead over the Bobcats with 3:55 to play, their largest lead of the game.
The Bobcats cut the deficit to eight (71-63) on consecutive 3-pointers from Ausha Cole and Margareet Barhoum with 49 seconds remaining before the Bengals iced the game on free throws.
The win moves Idaho State to 4-4 in the Big Sky Conference while Montana State falls to 6-2.
Head coach Seton Sobolewski can see his team growing in confidence over the last few games.
“The non-conference schedule was rough, but I feel we’re gaining some momentum,” Sobolewski said. “Our bench is playing great and we are building some confidence with these wins on the road.”
Schrimpsher has been a big key in two wins during the week. The senior hit the game-winning field goal Monday against Weber State.
“I think her confidence has grown a lot,” Sobolewski said. “When your coach has the confidence in you to give you a shot at the game-winner and you make it, it is going to make you feel good. She shot the ball really well today. She did a great job of showing up, being assertive and making shots.”
The Bengal bench contributed 14 points against MSU, led by Polichiccio with seven and Alissa Willard with five.
“I love what everyone coming off the bench has done for us,” Sobolewski said. “I’m proud of this stretch. We won three out of four, with three on the road and one against the No. 1 team in the conference. It is huge for our confidence.”
Sobolewski is quick to point out the Bengals are on high right not now, but the Bengals are yet to reach the halfway point in the Big Sky season.
“We feel good about this win. Montana State is a great team but we don’t want to get carried away,” Sobolewski said. “It’s one win and we have to keep it in perspective, but it should help us build some confidence. This team is growing up.”
The Bengals next host high-flying Sacramento State. The Hornets are near the top of the country in points scored and 3-pointers attempted.
The game will be at Reed Gym Thursday at 7 p.m.