Broncos buck Idaho

BOISE -- Idaho made a credible bid for a difficult road victory against its in-state rival Saturday night, but ballhandling mistakes and other problems doomed the Vandals to a 68-59 loss to Boise State.

The Vandals (1-1) led 32-29 at halftime of this ragged nonleague game and expanded the margin to 42-34 with 16:25 remaining.

But they finished with 24 turnovers and 28 fouls and watched Boise State shoot 65 percent in the second half.

With 2:11 left to play, BSU's Solomon Wyatt missed two free throws but teammate Jason Ellis slipped inside for a key putback to create a five-point lead.

"That was the make-or-break point," UI coach Leonard Perry said.

Veteran forward Abe Jackson converted 10 of 12 free throws and scored 21 points for Boise State (1-2), and guard Bryan Defares made five steals while scoring 11 points.

"Twenty-four turnovers, 28 fouls (and) we let them have 11 offensive rebounds," Perry said. "You can't do that on the road. We certainly can't have those breakdowns in this environment."

Three Vandals fouled out as the club piled up 28 of the game's 48 fouls. Boise State was slapped with two technical fouls, and Idaho made the game close by shooting 18-for-22 at the foul line.

Rodney Hilaire led Idaho with 19 points, but he and reserve Jermery Turner committed five turnovers apiece.

The Broncos held Idaho to four points over a nine-minute stretch to take a 49-46 lead. Jackson later made two free throws to make it 63-58.

"You have to execute down the stretch," Perry said. "We broke down in some of the same ways we did against Montana-Western. We have to learn to execute through those stretches."

With the foul problems, nine Vandals played at least 13 minutes.

Boise State outrebounded the Vandals 28-21 and outscored them 30-24 in the paint.

Moe Jenkins and Matt Gerschefske scored seven points apiece for the Vandals, who shot nearly 50 percent from the field.

"I'm proud of the progress we've made," Perry said. "But I'm not satisfied with the outcome. We were close but close is not good enough."

Idaho was without one of its best newcomers, Tyrone Hayes, who will have his sore ankle examined this week.

IDAHO (1-1)

Rodney Hilaire 7-13 5-6 19, David Howell 1-3 0-0 2, Matt Gerschefske 2-7 2-2 7, Bethuel Fletcher 2-2 1-2 5, Justin Logan 2-3 2-2 7, Marquis Holmes 1-1 2-2 4, Jerald Jenkins 3-6 1-2 7, Rashaad Powell 0-2 3-4 3, Jermery Turner 1-3 2-2 5. Totals 19-40 18-22 59.

BOISE STATE (1-2)

Abe Jackson 5-13 10-12 21, Richard Morgan 3-5 2-4 8, Trever Tillman 4-6 0-0 8, Bryan Defares 3-4 5-8 11, Booker Nabors 2-5 4-4 9, Joe Skiffer 0-1 0-0 0, Solomon Wyatt 3-3 0-3 6, Kenney Gainous 0-1 1-2 1, Jason Ellis 2-4 0-1 4. Totals 22-42 22-34 68.

Halftime -- Idaho 32, Boise State 29. Total fouls -- Idaho 28, Boise State 20. Fouled out -- Logan, Holmes, Turner, Ellis. Technical fouls -- Nabors, Booker. 3-point goals -- Idaho 3-9 (Hilaire 0-2, Gerschefske 1-3, Logan 1-1, Jenkins 0-1, Turner 1-2), Boise State 2-13 (Jackson 1-8, Morgan 0-1, Nabors 1-4). Rebounds -- Idaho 21 (Hilaire 4, Powell 4), Boise State 28 (Defares 7, Ellis 7). Assists -- Idaho 8 (Logan 3), Boise State 11 (Morgan 4). Att. -- 7,493.


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