Senior Sweetness

If you look at his numbers, they aren't gaudy. He's not flamboyant, and he isn't flashy. But he makes his presence known. Few players record as many minutes and are as unselfish. He is the senior leadership this team needed.<br> <br> Idaho's lone senior, <b>Justin Logan</b> will be honored this Saturday on Senior Night at the Cowan Spectrum. He made himself into one of the key players on this year's team, and the man has earned the honor.

How fitting it is for senior Justin Logan to be a part of an Idaho team that not only broke a 9-game losing skid to the Utah State Aggies (19-8, 10-6 BWC), but did it on a floor he, nor any Idaho team before him, had ever won on (going 0-7). Saturday, as 14 point underdogs, Idaho beat USU at The Smith Spectrum in Logan 52-51 in front of 7,448 fans. This was definitely a huge win for this up-and-coming Vandal team (currently ranked 5th in the BWC), as they knocked off a USU team currently ranked 3rd in the Conference (Idaho lost by 4 to the Aggies in Moscow earlier this year).

A testament to the aggressive defensive style instilled by Coach Perry a year ago (himself a former USU assistant), Idaho held the Aggies to their lowest point total in Logan since a 1996 loss to Utah.

Justin wasn't the leading scorer. That went to junior forward Tyrone Hayes (20 points), who has made a habit out of being Idaho's leading scorer this year. Justin wasn't the leading rebounder either, that again went to Tyrone Hayes (8 rebounds). Junior center/forward Jon Tinnon hit 9 points and grabbed 5 boards, while fellow center/forward Jack May hit 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This was an outstanding team effort to say the least.

But Justin logs more minutes per game than anyone else on the team (over 34 minutes per game). At 96 assists on the season, he has twice as many as anyone else on the team. His 24 steals is number 3 on the team. On Saturday his 5 points, 2 assists, 1 steal and 5 rebounds weren't earth-shattering, but he grabbed the rebound against Utah State with 1.2 seconds left in the game to help seal the win. He's had a fitting season for a hard-working senior...and we're confident he wants more.

This week The Vandals (12-13, 8-8 BWC) who have qualified for the Big West Tournament and are posturing for bracket seeding, wrap up their regular season with a 2 game homestand, starting with Pacific (12-13, 7-9 BWC) this Thursday at 7pm. They close out the season Saturday with Cal State Northridge (13-13, 7-9 BWC) at 7pm at the Cowan Spectrum. This is an important week for the team as they take on 2 teams behind them in the standings (BWC Tournament tips off March 13th in Anaheim). If you can make it to the Spectrum this week, get out and cheer this team on!

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The Vandal Women took a bit of a step back this week after putting together a nice 3-game winning streak the previous 2 weeks. Thursday the Women fell to border rival Washington State 82-53 in a game played in Pullman. This game was uncharacteristic of a Mike Divilbiss coached team, and uncharacteristic of this team this year. They fell behind by a wide margin early (23-8 in the first half), and never really threatened. Freshman Autumn Fielding continued on her tear of late (the Big West Player of the Week a week ago), sinking 20 points in the game. The loss was hardly anything to base a season on, but it was surprising none-the-less.

This week the Women (9-16, 7-7 BWC) will look to rebound as they hit the road to wrap up the regular season. Thursday night they take on Pacific (13-13, 10-5 BWC) in Stockton California, then take on Cal State Northridge (3-23, 3-12 BWC) Saturday night. The Vandal Women are currently ranked 5th in the Big West Conference, and have clinched a birth in the BWC Tournament which tips off on March 12th in Anaheim.

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