ISU MBB: Wiley’s big day leads EWU past ISU
The Idaho State men’s basketball team lost 89-77 to Eastern Washington on Saturday afternoon at Reese Court in Cheney, Washington.
Idaho State (5-23, 3-13 Big Sky Conference) shot 45.8 percent from the field and was led in scoring by Brandon Boyd’s 16 points. Geno Luzcando had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Ethan Telfair had 13 points and Novak Topalovic had 10. Balint Mocsan had eight points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Eastern Washington outrebounded ISU 38-31. Idaho State was 17 of 24 from the free-throw line and the Eagles were 27 of 34.
Eastern Washington (20-9, 12-4) shot 49.1 percent and was led by Jacob Wiley’s 38 points and 15 rebounds and locked up a top-four seed and first-round bye for next month’s conference tournament.
Eastern Washington led the entire game and built a lead as big as 21 points at 32-11 with 9 minutes, 6 seconds left in the first half. Idaho State cut its deficit to 10 at halftime at 43-33 following three free throws by Telfair.
The Bengals got within seven at 51-44 following a 3-pointer by Boyd with 14:16 left in the game. Eastern Washington made a run to lead by as much as 14 at 63-49 with 10 minutes to play. Idaho State then went on a 10-1 run to cut the Eagle lead to 64-59 with 7:44 to play.
ISU got no closer the rest of the way and Eastern Washington made 12 of 13 free throws in the final three minutes to seal the victory.
Idaho State closes out its regular season on March 2 and March 4 in Reed Gym against Montana State and Montana.