6-3, 195, Jr, Guard
Followed up last Saturday's 22-point game with 21-points on Thursday night.
• The Vandals shot an outstanding 75% from the free throw line making good on 18 on 24 attempts. Idaho did not miss both ends of a two-shot free throw all night. However, their efforts paled in comparison to the Bulldogs who cashed in 13 Idaho fouls for 19 points making 19 of 21, 90.5%. The visitors were whistled for 23 fouls.
• Double-double – Jordan Brooks racked up 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Vandals to go along with 4 assists and 5 steals. He was 11 for 14 from the line. Mike Hall finished 6-for-12 on the night, 4-for-8 on 3's, and 5-for-6 from the FT line.
• Taking care of the ball – and business: The Vandals score 19 points off 12 forced turnovers. On the other hand, they committed a season low 9 turnovers giving the Bulldogs only 9 points. Idaho also had 9 steals compared to just 2 for the Bulldogs.
• Crashing the glass – With 6-10 senior Darin Nagle on the bench with an injury, the Vandals still outrebounded the Bulldogs 31-24. More importantly they held a 14-8 edge in offensive rebounds and chalked up 15 second-chance points compared to 9 for La. Tech.
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6-8, 245, Jr, Center
• Padding the stats – La. Tech had no players listed as taller than 6-7. Reserve guard JJ Marshall was listed as 5-9 which, by comparison, would make former Vandal guard Keoni Watson about 6-2.
• The main scoreboards blanked out again – briefly – during the game, but only the individual scoring and foul stat boards failed. The Cowan Spectrum staff was ready for anything with two newly-installed auxiliary scoreboards displaying the game clocks. scores, possession indicators and bonus arrows at mid court on the north and south sidelines in front of the scorer's and media tables.
• Key to the win – offensive outburst: In the first half with the score knotted at 22, the Vandals ran off 10 unanswered points in 3:21 including 5 points by Jordan Brooks on a jumper, a slam dunk, and a free throw. Brandon Brown added a layup and Mike Hall a 3 pointer with an assist by Brooks. The lead eventually dwindled to 2 points but Idaho never again trailed.
• Key to the win – defensive turnaround: In the second half the Vandals saw a 71-61 lead start to slip away. With 7 minutes left it had been reduced to 5 on a jumper by Adrian Rogers, and 1:20 later the Bulldogs found a gap in the Vandal defense and drove for a layup. Clyde Johnson stepped in and blocked the shot, Michael Crowell grabbed the rebound and fed the ball to Jordan Brooks who converted a layup at the other end of the floor to boost the lead back up to 7 with 5:16 remaining. La. Tech cut it to two 41 seconds later but never regained the lead.
6-1, 205, Jr, Guard
Idaho's junior guard drives to the hoop and finished with 12 points on the night, including 2-for-2 at the free throw line.