Energized by the loudest home crowd coach June Daugherty could remember in her 10 years at WSU, the Cougars’ unlikely postseason run continued Thursday night with a 71-62 victory over UC Davis in the third round of the WNIT.
The season is stretching into its sixth month and the Idaho men’s basketball team had to make another multileg trip for tonight’s second-round CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament game at Texas State.
It doesn’t have the prestige of the NCAA Tournament, or even the College Basketball Invitational that the University of Idaho played in last year. But the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament affords the Vandals something that men’s basketball coach Don Verlin holds in high regard.
Idaho's Victor Sanders, currently enjoying the finest year of his college career (21.2 points, 3.2 assists), was fatherless for 10 years. But no one played a bigger role in instilling in him a love for basketball than his dad – while in and out of prison.
Idaho took control in the second quarter and built a 34-point lead in the third quarter as the Vandals knocked off heavily favored Colorado State 61-50 in the 20th Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Thursday before a crowd of 24,975 at Boise State’s Albertsons Stadium.
First, Matt Linehan sizzled on the field. Then he made waves in a postgame radio interview. After leading Idaho to a 61-50 win in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the junior quarterback told ESPN Radio that Idaho belonged in the FBS.
Ed Hall is a walk-on-turned-starter whose dad plays on a reality TV show. Kaden Elliss is a turnover-producing force whose dad starred in the NFL. Tony Lashley, whose position coach says he has a Ray Lewis-like mindset, is Idaho’s leading tackler.
Trent Cowan grew up wanting to play for the Idaho Vandals – to play for the team he had loved all his life. He also dreamed of facing Boise State at Broncos Stadium after traveling to the Idaho-BSU game every year with his family.
They’re guaranteed to go to a bowl and finish fourth in the Sun Belt. So what’s left to motivate the Vandals as they finish the regular season against Georgia State? Plenty. Twenty seniors, including four from Paul Petrino’s first recruiting class in 2013, will be honored before the game as part of senior day.