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FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2009

Vandals bow out quickly at WAC tourney 

Well, it didn't take long for Idaho's WAC tournament title hopes to fizzle in Reno. Louisiana Tech shooters sizzled from outside, especially in the first half, and the Bulldogs downed the Vandals 70-62 in the quarterfinals of the tourney.You can read the report we had...

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Vandals gird for WAC tourney 17 

These are heady days for the Vandal men's basketball team. After having bottom-of-the-barrel expectations for this season, Idaho starts the postseason as the No. 3 seed in the WAC tournament. First up: Louisana Tech at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.Click below for an early version of my...

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UI's Hopson a WAC first-teamer 

Well, one Idaho basketball coach picked up the award they deserved Sunday. And it wasn't Don Verlin. Jon Newlee, the leader of the Vandal women, was named Coach of the Year. But Verlin, the first-year UI men's coach lost out to Utah State boss Stew...

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Vandals pull out 3rd in WAC 

To put it simply, the Idaho Vandals looked like they had no business winning for most of Saturday night. Don Verlin said he thought they were going to lose, and most of the 2,679 at the Cowan Spectrum probably felt the same way. But the...

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Vandals keep rolling at home 

The Vandals won for the 11th time at home Thursday -- not that anyone on the Palouse seems to be taking notice. Just 1,803 fans showed up to watch Idaho dispatch Louisiana Tech 66-58 and inch up the WAC standings. Keep reading for my unedited...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 28, 2009

Vandals earn road split 11 

Nothing on the road seems to come easily for Idaho. The Vandals nearly gave up an 11-point lead but held on for a 71-68 win at Fresno State on Saturday night. Idaho moves to 14-14 overall, 7-7 in the WAC.Senior guard Trevor Morris was a...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2009

Road woes continue for Vandals 

Bty now, it's more than a trend. The Idaho men have been surprisingly steady at home and woefully inconsistent on the road. Such was the case Thursday night, when the Vandals let a double-digit first-half lead slip away in a 72-64 loss at San Jose...

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MONDAY, FEB. 23, 2009

Hopson voted WAC Player of the Week 

Mac Hopson, Idaho's standout point guard, earned WAC player-of-the-week honors today after leading the Vandals to wins over Boise State and Cal State Northridge. The Washington State transfer has been the catalyst for Idaho's turnaround -- the club is 13-13 after going 8-21 last year.You...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 21, 2009

Idaho snags third straight win

The Vandals blew most of an 11-point lead but held on for a 78-75 victory of Cal State Northridge on Saturday night at Cowan Spectrum. Idaho won its third straight and moved to 13-13. It's playing pretty good basketball but the fan support continues to...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009

So much for Boise State's guarantee 

Idaho rallied from a 13-point deficit to shock Boise State on Wednesday night, winning 56-54 at the Broncos' Taco Bell Arena. The Vandals knocked off BSU for the second time this season after Marvin Jefferson snapped a tie with a putback with 4.3 seconds left.After...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 14, 2009

Idaho pockets comfortable win

The Vandals looked shaky early, but had little trouble posting a 74-66 win over San Jose State on Saturday night. The game, or second half at least, wasn't as close as the final score suggests.Read on for my game story from Moscow, where only 1,697...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 12, 2009

Aggies show their mettle at Idaho 

IDAHO BASKETBALLOnce again, the Vandals had a chance to make a big splash in WAC play. But poor rebounding and too many big plays from Utah State resulted in a 62-53 loss at the Cowan Spectrum.Keep reading for my game story that will appear in...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 7, 2009

Hawaii turns tables on Vandals

A month ago, the Idaho men's basketball team had no trouble discarding Hawaii inside the Kibbie Dome. But the Rainbow Warriors were a whole different beast at home on Saturday, throttling UI 71-49.The Vandals' worst WAC loss of the season coincided with a woeful performance...

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Vandals hit homefront harder in recruiting 

IDAHO FOOTBALLThe Vandals announced the signing of 22 recruits today, with six of them coming from Idaho and Washington. The key local recruit was linebacker Jared Heston of Lake City, who received plenty of praise from Idaho coach Robb Akey.Keep reading for more.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 31, 2009

Second place in WAC eludes Vandals 

It was right there for the taking for the Idaho men, but Nevada and Luke Babbitt "outtoughed" the Vandals down the stretch to pull out a 69-65 win at the Cowan Spectrum on Saturday night.Keep reading for my game story, which will appear in the...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2009

Idaho bags big win over BSU 15 

The Vandals overcame a dreadful night at the free throw line (11 of 25) to pick up a 63-59 win over Boise State. It was Idaho's first win over BSU since 2001, and it came in front of the third-biggest crowd at Cowan Spectrum (4,731).If...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2009

Vandals enter key stretch 

It would have been hard to fathom going into the year, but the Idaho basketball squad has a chance to make some serious noise in the WAC. It starts tomorrow night, when the Vandals host Boise State at Cowan Spectrum.Keep reading for more on the...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2009

THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 2009

Vandals post biggest win of WAC era 13 

Idaho continued to impress in the early stages of the WAC season, bolting past Hawaii 67-47 at the Kibbie Dome on Thursday night. There were only 652 folks on hand, but I get the feeling more people will start showing up to the Dome.Keep reading...

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MONDAY, DEC. 22, 2008

Planes, Trains and WSU 13 

COUGARS Got back to Pullman last night around 9 p.m. after writing my story, posting it to this blog and driving slowly down the highway. Come to find out an hour or so later that I beat the Washington State team bus back to town....

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SUNDAY, DEC. 21, 2008

WSU pulls away late to stop UI 15 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 10 P.M. With Aron Baynes dominating inside – 18 points and nine rebounds – and Taylor Rochestie controlling the perimeter on both offense and defense – 11 points, five assists and limiting Mac Hopson to 10 points – the Cougars raised their...

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WSU tops Idaho, 55-41 

COUGARS WSU gutted out a 55-41 win behind the inside play of Aron Baynes and the outside shots of Taylor Rochestie. We'll be back in about 90 minutes with a game story.

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WSU leads by two at half

COUGARS Halftime in the Cowan Spectrum and this one isn't going according to plan. It's being played at a slow pace and Idaho is staying close. A big reason is WSU is shooting so poorly. The shots are there, the Cougars are just not knocking...

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Snow be darned, this one's on 

COUGARS Good evening from snowy Moscow ... and snowy Pullman … and snowy just about anywhere in the Palouse. I'm hoping I'll be able to get back to Pullman after the game, but who knows? As long as the snowplows are working, I'm OK I...

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