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Vandals get another crack at Spartans

LAS VEGAS – The last time Idaho saw San Jose State, the Vandals led by 10 with just under 2 minutes to play, by eight with 1 minute left and …


Vandals’ Jeff Ledbetter enjoys his role as crowd’s villain

MOSCOW, Idaho – An afternoon practice in late February is over, and now the easy part begins for Jeff Ledbetter. Idaho men’s basketball coach Don Verlin tells his players to …


Vandals’ Ledbetter enjoys egging on fans

MOSCOW, Idaho – An afternoon practice in late February is over, and now the easy part begins for Jeff Ledbetter. Idaho men’s basketball coach Don Verlin tells his players to …


Idaho dispatches Montana State in BracketBusters game

BOZEMAN – The University of Idaho men’s basketball team rode an impressive first-half defensive effort for a 65-50 road win on Saturday at Montana State in the ESPN BracketBusters game …


Geiger has seen both side of Idaho-Utah State rivalry

MOSCOW, Idaho – This morning, the two coaches and friends with an 18-year bond will have breakfast together. A few hours later, their respective teams will square off on national …


EWU, Idaho draw old foes in BracketBusters

Men’s basketball: There will be a definite retro Big Sky Conference feel to the 2011 ESPN BracketBusters games involving Eastern Washington and Idaho. Eastern (7-24), battling for one of the …


Vandals drop Fresno St.

FRESNO, Calif. – Kyle Barone scored 18 points and Idaho pulled away in the second half to defeat Fresno State 67-57 Monday night. Barone was 6 of 6 from the …


Vandals quietly open WAC play

MOSCOW, Idaho – The Idaho Vandals could use more time before the Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball season opens this week. That much is certain, and it’s not just because …


Barone’s 18 points pace Vandals

MOSCOW, Idaho – Kyle Barone had 18 points and seven rebounds to help Idaho beat Eastern Michigan 75-60 in the Basketball Travelers Classic on Sunday night.


All over for icy Vandals

RENO, Nev. – Mac Hopson and Steffan Johnson are two important cogs in Idaho’s offense, and unfortunately they went ice cold in the Vandals’ most important game of the basketball …


Vandals count on adversity

MOSCOW, Idaho – He’s suspended four players in the last two months, had his second-leading scorer question him on Twitter and granted a scholarship release to his prized high school …


UI’s Watson suspended for tweets

MOSCOW, Idaho — In his two years as a member of the University of Idaho men’s basketball team, Kashif Watson has been known for his chatty, gregarious demeanor. That same …


Vandals done in by Aggies’ 3-pointers

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Jahmar Young hit three of New Mexico State’s 12 3-pointers in a 74-57 victory over Idaho on Wednesday night. Young’s 23 points led the Aggies (18-9, …


Vandals reject SU in stretch

MOSCOW, Idaho – On back-to-back possessions in the second half, Marvin Jefferson watched Seattle University’s Charles Garcia – his skilled counterpart in the paint – bat away Idaho shot attempts …


Monson hopes 49ers can pan out

BracketBusters is a college basketball contrivance of ESPN, something to break up the parochial monotony of conference rematches, programming to bridge the gaps from Rivalry Week to Championship Week to …


Heartbreaking loss for Vandals

MOSCOW, Idaho – A key element in Idaho’s mini late-season resurgence has been a sprinkling of contributions from just about everyone. And Wednesday night, the Vandals’ reserves glimmered more than …


It was all worth it

MOSCOW, Idaho – The morning after his first University of Idaho basketball practice, Orlando Lightfoot entered his coach’s office and said he’d had enough. It was all too much – …


Vandals crush Boise State

Luciano De Souza gave Idaho a boost early and the Vandals never looked back, beating Boise State 79-55 Saturday night, the biggest Vandal margin in the 40-year history of the …


Idaho BracketBuster: Monson, Long Beach

Idaho will play host to Long Beach State on Feb. 20 in the eighth annual BracketBuster. The game, announced Monday, will be the second half a Vandals doubleheader. The Idaho …


Idaho breaks through

MOSCOW, Idaho – For six weeks, the Idaho men’s basketball team wandered. Pushed out of its usual home so the football team could prep for the Humanitarian Bowl, the Vandals …


Vandals snap losing streak

Mac Hopson scored 21 points to lead Idaho to a 74-59 victory against Fresno State on Thursday night.


Notebook: Confident Gray on hot streak

Gonzaga junior guard Steven Gray has put together a solid four-game stretch, averaging 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists. He’s made 55 percent of his shots and 84.6 percent …


Boise’s Thomas plays key role in overcoming Idaho

MOSCOW, Idaho – The unrelenting chorus of boos came in unison, almost as if they had been rehearsed for weeks. Every time Anthony Thomas touched the ball Monday night, University …


New Mexico State deals Idaho third straight loss

MOSCOW, Idaho – Idaho dropped its third consecutive men’s basketball game Monday, and each loss has been more excruciating than the last for a team with postseason ambitions. But after …


Vandals let game slip away

MOSCOW, Idaho – The freefall started with turnovers – bunches of them in rapid succession. Then came frightful free-throw shooting, and the University of Idaho’s curious meltdown was underway. In …


Vandals lose at home

Kyle Gibson scored 28 points to lead Louisiana Tech over Idaho 77-71 on Saturday in men’s college basketball.,l,l


Vandals can’t get stops

SAN JOSE, Calif. – In a game that featured 28 lead changes and 12 ties, Idaho wasn’t able to respond to a late San Jose State run and fell 78-75 …


Idaho Vandals

RECORD: 7-4 overall, 0-0 Western Athletic Conference COMING UP: Saturday at Hawaii, 9:05 p.m.; Monday at San Jose State, 7:05.


Hopson ignites Vandals victory

BOISE – Mac Hopson had 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to lead Idaho to a 71-52 victory over Lewis-Clark State on Tuesday night. The Vandals never trailed and …


Cougs’ top scorer encounters physical play

PULLMAN – Klay Thompson floated to the right corner. Outside the 3-point line, just in front of the Gonzaga student section, the Washington State University sophomore waited patiently.