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Blog matters: Wiltjer’s regime, WSU-CU, Vandals last second win

A sampling from the past week of entries in The Spokesman-Review blog SportsLink at spokesman.com/ sportslink.

Bulldogs

Jim Meehan

Kyle Wiltjer’s games come in the weight room, as he tries to reach his next goal. They come in agility/flexibility training with strength and conditioning coach Travis Knight with the goal of making quicker decisions and transferring that to the rest of his body. They come in practice every day with the Red squad, which matches up against players in GU’s rotation.

Wiltjer is redshirting under NCAA rules after transferring from Kentucky. The 6-10 forward has a unique skill set that he’s trying to augment through many of the same training methods that paid dividends for ex-Zag Kelly Olynyk.

Cougars

Jacob Thorpe

Colorado took 38 free throws to WSU’s 3, a point of consternation for Cougars coach Ken Bone during the (Wednesday) game. After the game, however, Bone gave credit to Colorado.

“They were definitely attacking more than we were. We were shooting 3-pointers more than they were. So they should have gotten to the line more than us. 38 to 3, that’s quite a few times.”

Colorado coach Tad Boyle was at a loss as to why his team nearly lost.

“We just were lethargic defensively. We let them pass it whenever they wanted, wherever they wanted.”

• Cal Poly announced that former WSU defensive lineman/linebacker Logan Mayes is attending winter classes and intends to play for the football team. He will have two years of eligibility and will not have to sit out a season.

Vandals

Josh Wright

Idaho finally broke through with a clutch win. All it took was a basket in the final second from an unlikely source.

Freshman Perrion Callandret scored his only points of a wild game with 0.5 seconds left in double overtime to vault the Vandals past UTPA, 86-85, on Thursday night.

“I couldn’t be happier, especially for the guys in the locker room,” Idaho coach Don Verlin said. “When you lose games like that, they rip your hearts out, and it can be hard to get the pieces back together.” 

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