Vandals win in Grand Forks

Vandals win in Grand Forks

A huge defensive stand, including holding the Fighting Hawks scoreless over the last 5:42 of action, lifted Idaho (3-4) over North Dakota (4-4), 67-54, on Saturday afternoon.

THE GAME

The Fighting Hawks jumped out to a 7-2 lead early before back-to-back 3’s from Cameron Tyson and Trevon Allen gave the Vandals the 8-7 advantaged. UND was able to take back over from there, eventually getting up by as many as eight in the half. But Idaho close well, cutting the deficit to just two at the half, 28-26.

Idaho came out strong in the second half, battling with UND for the opening minutes to keep things close. After getting down 41-38, the Vandals stepped up with a 10-1 run to take control. The Fighting Hawks were able to get it to within three at 55-52, but the Vandals closed out on a 12-2 run to earn the win, 67-54.

Allen led the Vandals with 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting. Cameron Tyson hit four more 3-pointers and finished with 13 points. Jared Rodriguez finished with nine points and eight boards.

Idaho shot 65.2 percent (15-of-23) from the floor in the second half to finish the night at 49.0 percent (24-of-49). The Vandals attempted just 12 3-pointers, but cashed in on seven of them.

THE NAME

Trevon Allen . Not only did Allen finish with a game-high 19 points, but he also filled up the box score. He grabbed three rebounds, dished out four assists, picked off a career-high four steals and had a block.

After a slow start to the season, Allen has now scored in double-figures in five straight games.

THE NOTES

Idaho moves to 3-4 on the season.

Chance Garvin made his first career start.

RayQuawndis Mitchell scored a career-high seven points off the bench.

The Vandals trailed at the half for the first time all season.

Tyson hit four more 3-pointers, giving him 30 on the season. Only one other freshman in program history hit more. Connor Hill made 47 as a freshman during the 2011-12 season.

THE QUOTES – DON VERLIN

“I was really proud of our guys, they sustained their toughness through the entire game. We had played halves so far this year. But what we did was play a really good second half tonight. And our defense showed its teeth tonight, which I was so happy to see for this young team. We know that defense and rebounding travels. And when you come into somebody’s house and hold them to 36 (percent from the field) and 22 (percent from 3-point range), that’s a great job. I thought they did a good job with the game plan, and I thought they did a good job of sustaining their intensity for the entire 40 minutes tonight.”

“I thought we had a number of guys play solid tonight. It was good to see Ray Mitchell play well. He played 18 minutes and I thought he was composed. He did a nice job taking care of his ball and he knocked down some free throws.

“It was nice to have Marquell Fraser back playing tonight. I thought his timely buckets on the offensive end and his energy on the defensive end were really, really good.

“Obviously Trevon had a good game, Cam shot it well, but I wouldn’t point out one or two guys. I’d say this was a great team win. A great team, defensive win. That’s what my teams have done, we’ve been really good defensively, and we have to continue to go down that path.”

The annual Battle of the Palouse is up next, this year taking place in Pullman. Tipoff on Wednesday, Dec. 5, is set for 6 p.m.