Marvin Jefferson’s putback with 4.3 seconds remaining gave Idaho a 56-54 victory over host Boise State Wednesday night, the Vandals’ second win of the basketball season against the Broncos.
The win gave Idaho its first season sweep over the Broncos since the 1998-99 season.
“I can’t tell you how fired up I am for our guys and our program,” Idaho coach Don Verlin said. “To come down here and win after they (the Broncos) just beat (No. 17) Utah State, and with the way they played in the first half – unbelievable.”
Boise State started the game with a 15-2 run and the Vandals (12-13, 6-6 Western Athletic Conference) trailed 34-26 at halftime.
“This is the biggest win so far this season for this young Vandal team,” said Verlin.
The Vandals came back to win the game with a 15-5 run in the final 9 minutes.
Anthony Thomas tied the score for the Broncos (17-8, 7-5) at 54 with two free throws with 27 seconds to go. On the winning basket, Brandon Wiley’s shot was blocked by Boise’s Mark Sanchez, but Jefferson got the loose ball and scored his layup.
Paul Noonan missed a 3-point attempt for the Broncos as time ran out.
Mac Hopson had 18 points and Jefferson 15 points and six rebounds for Idaho.
CCS 91, Walla Walla 60: The Sasquatch (19-5, 11-2) crushed the Warriors (13-11, 6-6) to move into first place in the NWAACC East Division and clinch a berth in the conference tournament with two regular-season games remaining.
CCS shot 49.3 percent from the field at Spokane Falls and had a 48-39 advantage on the boards while forcing 15 turnovers.
Damal Neil made 12 of 18 field-goal tries and finished with 27 points, including 20 in the first half. Kevin Cameron added 12 and Derek Gianukakis 11.
CCS 51, Walla Walla 48: The Sasquatch rallied from a four-point halftime deficit to defeat the Warriors at Spokane Falls CC to remain tied for second in the East Division of the NWAACC at 8-4 (15-9 overall) while dropping Walla Walla to 7-5 in the East (16-6 overall).
CCS has two games remaining in the regular season as it pursues one of three remaining division berths to the conference tournament.
While the Sasquatch shot only 29.7 percent, Richelle Daily had the range, hitting 7 of 13 shots and finishing with 14 points, the only CCS player in double figures. The Warriors shot just 27.3 percent.
Kami Clark’s basket with 30 seconds left put CCS up by one and Kelsey Stillar’s field goal finished the scoring.