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Idaho shoots season-best 59.5 percent in win


ARLINGTON, Texas – Connor Hill scored 19 points, including 4 of 6 baskets from 3-point range, to pace Idaho to a 77-64 basketball victory over Texas-Arlington on Saturday night.

Idaho (7-10, 3-4 Western Athletic Conference) was shot a season-best 59.5 percent from the floor, including 8 of 19 from 3-point range, and converted 19 of 22 free throws.

Idaho had three other players score in double figures. Stephen Madison scored 15, Kyle Barone 14 and Robert Harris 10. Barone also pulled down 18 rebounds for his eighth double-double this season.

UT Arlington (8-8, 3-4) attempted 25 shots from 3-point range, but made just six.

“I thought we had a great team effort tonight,” Idaho head coach Don Verlin said. “We had a number of guys come in and give us some quality, quality minutes tonight. Everybody that came off the bench was enthusiastic and energetic.”

After taking a 34-30 lead into the half, Idaho scored the first seven points of the second half to take a 41-30 lead. UTA trimmed Idaho’s lead down to six points, 62-56, with 6:49 to play, but got no closer.