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Vandals let one get away from them

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NORTHRIDGE Calif. – The University of Idaho, which had won its first three Big West Conference men’s basketball games, ran into a hotter team Thursday night, and still the Vandals almost came away with a win.

But Idaho faltered down the stretch with a scoreless 2:24 to end the game, allowing the Matadors to extend their win streak to five with a 67-63 victory behind guard Ian Boylan’s 18 points.

As the Vandals suddenly lost their steam, Cal State Northridge was finding its stride in overcoming what had been an eight-point deficit.

Idaho dropped to 5-10, 3-1, while Northridge is 7-7, 5-1.

“Our kids did everything we needed to do to win this game,” UI coach Leonard Perry said. “Our kids gave it all they had.”

Anton Lyons and Tanoris Shepard matched 19-point efforts for Idaho, while Lionel Davis dropped in 11. Lyons’ 15 rebounds were a major factor in UI’s 45-30 edge on the boards, including 20-8 on the offensive glass.

The Vandals had to make do much of the night without the services of leading scorer and rebounder Dandrick Jones, who was plagued by fouls from the outset.

The Vandals, by virtue of a Shepard 3-pointer at the buzzer, led 36-34 at the half. They carried that momentum into the second half when, even with Jones gone at the 14:52 mark, they continually solved Northridge’s 1-3-1 zone to build three leads of eight points.

The Matadors tied the game – for the 10th time – with 3:52 to go on Jonathan Heard’s jumper. Shepard put the Vandals back on top 63-61 with 2:24 to play, but that would be the last time the Vandals would score.

Boylan pulled Northridge to within one at 63-62 by making the first of two free throws. Then the guard hit a driving baseline layup that led to a three-point play with 25 seconds remaining that proved to be the game-winner.

The Vandals launched two more shots but never hit the mark. Heard provided the final margin by hitting two free throws with 7 seconds left.

Northridge’s Davin White scored 15.

The game had 12 lead changes and 11 ties.

“We defended them really well in the second half,” Perry said. “But give Northridge credit. They came storming back and got it done.”

Idaho heads to Stockton, Calif., on Saturday to play Pacific.

CS Northridge 67, Idaho 63

Idaho (5-10, 3-1)–Jones 2-8 0-0 5, Haynes 0-8 1-2 1, Shepard 7-17 2-5 19, Lyons 8-15 3-4 19, Davis 5-6 1-2 11, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Kahrimanovic 2-7 2-2 6, Kale 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 25-63 9-15 63.

Cal State Northridge (7-7, 5-1)–Onyenegecha 0-0 2-2 2, Boylan 6-12 5-6 18, Shewmake 2-7 0-0 4, Heard 3-6 3-4 9, Altheimer 0-2 0-0 0, Okwudibonye 0-0 0-0 0, Vance 1-3 0-1 2, Jones 2-3 0-0 4, Chitwood 4-5 2-3 11, White 6-11 1-1 15, Waggener 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 25-54 13-17 67.

Halftime–Idaho 36, Cal State Northridge 34. 3-point goals–Idaho 4-15 (Shepard 3-6, Jones 1-2, Kahrimanovic 0-3, Haynes 0-4), Cal State Northridge 4-16 (White 2-4, Chitwood 1-1, Boylan 1-7, Jones 0-1, Waggener 0-1, Shewmake 0-1). Fouled out–D.Jones. Rebounds–Idaho 45 (Lyons 15), Cal State Northridge 30 (White 6). Assists–Idaho 13 (Haynes 9), Cal State Northridge 12 (Boylan, Shewmake, Heard, Altheimer 2). Total fouls–Idaho 15, Cal State Northridge 17. A–1071.

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