Idaho downs Washington State

WEDNESDAY NIGHT IDAHO BEAT Washington State in Pullman for the first time in 25 years. The 77-71 win also was Idaho's first victory over the Cougars in 12 years, the last a 2002 win in Moscow. On top of that Coach Verlin notched his 100th career victory as Idaho's head coach. Point Guard / Team Captain MIKE SCOTT and senior shooting guard Connor Hill led all scorers with 19 points each.

Below is a summary of Idaho's standout performances in Pullman at Pac-12 Washington State for the 77-71 victory in the oldest continuously played collegiate rivalry (109 years) west of the Mississippi, and the sixth oldest rivalry in the nation (the Cougs lead the rivalry 162-108, dating back to the first meeting in 1909):

Connor Hill: Tied to lead all scorers with 19 points to help lead the way for Idaho's first win over the Cougs in a dozen years. Idaho's top 3-point shooter, Connor finished 5-of-9 from behind the arc, 6-of-11 from the field, and 2-of-2 from behind the charity stripe in 27 minutes of action.

Mike Scott: Idaho's other leading scorer, the senior captain finished with 19 points, led Idaho with six assists from his point guard position, and shot 8-of-17 from the field in 35 minutes of play.

Sekou Wiggs: Idaho's sophomore guard finished with 12 points in 34 minutes of playing time, including going 6-of-8 from the free throw line.

Bira Seck: Idaho's 6-foot-6 power forward was the game's leading rebounder with 11 on the night, including 10 defensive boards. He added nine points, an assist and one steal in 34 minutes on the floor.

GAME STORY

PULLMAN, Wash. – It was an historic evening for the University of Idaho men's basketball team Wednesday night at Beasley Coliseum. The Vandals upended Washington State 77-71 for their first victory over the Cougars in the past 12 meetings, their first at Pullman in 25 years, and coach Don Verlin's 100th career victory – and his first over Washington State.

“I couldn’t be happier for our guys,” Verlin said. “We played extremely hard. By no means did we play a perfect game but we played extremely hard and we did a lot of good things and we found a way to win.”

In the final minute alone, Verlin saw the good and the not so good as the Vandals (3-3) committed a couple of turnovers and uncharacteristically missed enough free throws to keep the game a nail-nibbler. Enter the finding a way to win: They made their final five free throws in the final 38 seconds to secure the victory – the first at Beasley since a 56-52 win on Dec. 14, 1989, and drop the Cougars to 3-4.

“It’s a big game; a rivalry game,” Verlin said in explaining the possible nerves the Vandals might have been battling during a stretch when four of five free throws didn’t drop as the clocked ticked down to less than one minute and Idaho trying to preserve what had been a double-digit lead (70-60) with slightly more than 90 seconds to play.

“I’m just so happy I could be a part of it,” said senior guard Connor Hill, who joined fellow guard Mike Scott in finishing with 19 points.

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