Vandals Beat La Tech 85-78

Idaho senior CLYDE JOHNSON made his first start of the season, and the move paid off as he finished the game with 19 points, going 8-for-10 from the floor, and a solid 3-of-3 on 3-point attempts. Following the "three" theme, his first start of the year was at (you guessed it!) the 3. Johnson helped lead Idaho to their first victory ever over Louisiana Tech, and Idaho's first WAC win of the year.

Notes from a Vandal Victory; Idaho tops Louisiana Tech 85-78 at the Cowan Spectrum in Moscow:

Jordan Brooks
6-3, 195, Jr, Guard
Followed up last Saturday's 22-point game with 21-points on Thursday night.
• Both the Vandals and the Bulldogs put 4 players into double figures scoring-wise, but the Vandals' four players totaled 73 points to the Bulldogs'62. Jordan Brooks and Michael Hall had 21 each, Clyde Johnson 19, and Brandon Brown 12. Kyle Gibson had 21 for La. Tech and teammates Dwayne Lathan had 17, Keith Smith 13, and Drew Washington 11.

• 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.

Luis Augusto
6-8, 245, Jr, Center

• The 85 points by the Vandals was the most points of the season against an NCAA Division I team. As a team Idaho shot 51% from the floor and the Bulldogs 52%. On three-pointers Idaho shot 47.4% compared to 43.8 for the visitors.

• 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.


Brandon Brown
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.

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