RUSTON, La. – Deremy Geiger scored 23 points, including six to start overtime for Idaho, leading the Vandals to a 90-88 win over Louisiana Tech Thursday night.
Idaho overcame a 13-point second-half deficit to snap a six-game losing streak on the Bulldogs’ home court.
The Bulldogs had the first shot in overtime, as Raheem Appleby stole the ball from Idaho’s Landon Tatum. Appleby’s jumper wouldn’t fall, though, and Tatum rebounded and got it to Geiger for a 3-pointer.
Geiger then converted a three-point play for an 82-79 lead the Vandals (8-8, 1-1 Western Athletic Conference) didn’t relinquish. Idaho went up 90-84 with 31 seconds to play in the extra frame thanks to a 6-for-6 showing from the free-throw line.
Geiger’s final 3-pointer in regulation put Idaho up 76-72 with 2 1/2 minutes left, but the Vandals didn’t score again. Louisiana Tech scored four unanswered points in the final 1:44, but couldn’t find a winner.
“I really compliment our guys,” Idaho coach Don Verlin said. “It looked we were in trouble, like we were so many times here in the past. Once we were able to get the game in a half-court set, we were able to get our shooters open looks and away we went.”
Brandon Gibson led the Bulldogs (8-8, 0-1) with 22 points.