The Vandals had come back twice this season versus New Mexico State to set up wild finishes. But they couldn't make the same late-game charge this afternoon in the quarterfinals of the WAC tournament. Sixth-seeded UI fell 65-49 to finish the year 12-18.
In the final game of his accomplished career, Kyle Barone scored 19 points, but he had only five rebounds — half his average during WAC play — against the big frontline of the Aggies. Connor Hill was the only Vandal to reach double-digit points, with 14 on 5-of-11 shooting. UI made just 3 of 19 3-pointers (16 percent) after canning 13 last week against Seattle U.
With another quarterfinal loss, Idaho moved to 0-5 in the WAC tourney under Don Verlin. NMSU (22-10) advanced to play No. 7 seed Texas State, which shocked second-seeded Denver 72-68.
Christian Caple was at the game and filed this story.