In front of a national television audience on Thursday night, Boise State ripped visiting Eastern Michigan 73-61.
The same Eastern Michigan that beat Idaho 81-71 in overtime at a tournament in Hawaii in late December. The same Eastern Michigan that is 12-2.
The same BSU that visits Idaho tonight at 7:05. The Broncos are just 6-7 overall, 1-2 in the Big West, records which would be better if BSU could hang onto late-game leads.
“They’ve played well all year,” UI coach Kermit Davis said. “All five guys in their lineup will shoot the 3 (pointer).”
The Vandals, too, have something to build on after a 64-54 road loss on Thursday to Pacific, perhaps the Big West’s top team.
Idaho controlled the tempo, led for portions of the first half and trailed just 50-45 late in the second half.
“Our offensive execution has to get better,” Davis said. Idaho should benefit from a true homecourt advantage. In its previous seven home games, six were on days when the students weren’t on campus due to holiday breaks. Additionally, the Simon Fraser game was held on the Sunday before finals week.
The Broncos have quality depth and a solid guard tandem in Gerry Washington and Joe Wyatt. The duo scored 35 points against Eastern Michigan.
North Idaho College wrestler Adam Sampson has been suspended from the team and had his scholarship revoked after being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, minor in possession of alcohol and failure to show proof of insurance, coach John Owen said.
Sampson, 18, was arrested Wednesday night, according to police records.
Sampson already was on tenuous footing because of a previous incident, Owen said. “I hope he’ll stay in school and address his problems.”
Sampson, a promising 177-pound freshman, was a ‘96 Washington state prep champion from Oak Harbor.