POCATELLO, Idaho — Behind a balanced offensive attack, Idaho State defeated Eastern Washington 80-74 on Friday night.
The Bengals (5-14, 2-5 Big Sky) were led by Broderick Gilchrest and Chron Tatum, who each scored 19 points. Also hitting double figures were Amorrow Morgan with 18 and Donny Carson with 11.
The Bengals’ leading rebounder was backup center Rolando Little with eight, and Gilchrest had six assists.
The Eagles (6-14, 2-5) were led by Kevin Winford with 20 points, Benny Valentine with 16 and Jeffrey Forbes with 14. Mark Dunn grabbed six rebounds, and Glen Dean had eight assists.
The score was tied 64-64 with 7:15 left in a game that featured 14 lead changes. Idaho State outscored Eastern Washington 16-10 the rest of the way, earning its largest lead of nine points with 8 seconds left.
Tatum scored six of Idaho State’s final 10 points, including a clutch jump shot that put the Bengals up 74-68 with 1:25 remaining. Two more free throws by Tatum with 28 seconds remaining gave Idaho State a 76-71 lead with 28 seconds left. Eastern Washington missed four of its last six shots.
Idaho State led 39-38 at halftime. There were 10 lead changes in the first 20 minutes. The largest lead was six points by the Bengals less than three minutes into the contest.
Idaho State took advantage at the foul line, hitting 23 of 31 attempts, compared to Eastern Washington’s 4 of 10. The teams were close in rebounding, with Idaho State recording a 35-31 advantage.