ISU MBB: Geno Luzcando, Big Sky go 1-1 on day one of 3X3U National Championship
Idaho State’s Geno Luzcando and the Big Sky Conference team went 1-1 on day one of pool play Friday at the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship, college basketball’s first-ever 3-on-3 national championship.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Brandon Better scored 18 points, Dwayne Morgan had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Southern Utah beat Idaho State 76-68 on Tuesday night in the first round of the Big Sky Conference Tournament.
Jadon Cohee added 15 points and Jamal Aytes had 10 for 10th-seeded Southern Utah (12-18), which faces No. 2 seed Idaho (22-8) in a Thursday quarterfinal.
Idaho State beats Montana State 101-78
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Jared Stutzman had a career-high 33 points and Geno Luzcando had a season-high 22 as Idaho State routed Montana State 101-78 on Thursday night.
The win marked the first time the Bengals (14-14, 9-8 Big Sky) had scored more than 100 points since November 16, 2015.
It was close at the break as the Bobcats (13-17, 6-11) closed the first half on an 8-1 run to shrink a ten point Idaho State lead to just three.
Bliznyuk, Eastern Washington hold off Idaho State, 74-69
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Bogdan Bliznyuk drilled a late 3-pointer to put Eastern Washington in front for good, sending the Eagles to a 74-69 Big Sky Conference victory over Idaho State Saturday night.
Bliznyuk scored 17 points, making him the fifth player in Big Sky history to score more than 2,000 career points.
The Eagles (16-13, 11-5) earn a sweep of their road trip, winning at Weber State Thursday. EWU hosts Southern Utah and Northern Arizona to close out the regular season.
Boyd’s late 3-pointer lifts Idaho State past Idaho 86-83
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Brandon Boyd made a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left and finished with 32 points to lead Idaho State to an 86-83 victory over Idaho on Thursday night.
Idaho State (13-13, 8-7 Big Sky Conference) has won three of its last four games. Idaho (19-8, 11-4) had its six-game win streak snapped, but remains in third place in the conference standings behind Montana (13-2) and Weber State (12-2), which lost to Eastern Washington.
Edwards leads Portland State to sweep of Idaho State 91-77
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ryan Edwards scored 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting, a 3-pointer from Holland Woods helped spark a breakaway run and Portland State defeated Idaho State 91-77 on Saturday, completing a sweep of the Bengals.
Trailing by four at halftime, the Vikings (16-11, 6-8 Big Sky Conference) shot 63 percent after the break. With the game tied 55-55, a pair of Derek Brown free throws and a Woods 3-pointer ignited a 20-8 run over the next 5:44 to put the game away.
Idaho State rolls in 2nd half, beats North Dakota 82-67
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Brandon Boyd scored 27 points and Novak Topalovic added 14 while grabbing 13 rebounds as Idaho State took control in the second half, beating North Dakota 82-67 on Saturday night.
The victory snapped an 11-game losing skid to North Dakota.
Boyd was 11 of 17 from the floor and had five assists for Idaho State (11-12, 6-6), which evened its Big Sky Conference record. Geno Luzcando also had 14 points with eight boards and five steals and Jared Stutzman added 10 points.
Idaho State holds off Northern Arizona 63-61
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Gary Chivichyan scored 18 points with four 3-pointers, Brandon Boyd added 13 points with four assists, and Idaho State held off a late Northern Arizona surge to win 63-61 on Thursday night.
Jared Stutzman scored 12 points for the Bengals (10-10, 5-4 Big Sky), who were outscored 34-18 in the paint but made nine 3-pointers and held the Lumberjacks to 35.4 percent shooting from the field.
Topalovic scores 27, Idaho St. beats Sacramento St. 71-65
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Novak Topalovic had career highs of 25 points and 17 rebounds, and Jared Stutzman made five free throws in the final 18 seconds to help Idaho State beat Sacramento State 71-65 on Saturday night.
Izayah Mauriohoohoo-Le'Afa made a 3-pointer to pull Sacramento State to 62-60 with 2:12 remaining. Topalovic answered with back-to-back dunks and stretched the Bengals' lead to 66-60 before Stutzman closed it at the free-throw line.
Idaho St. pulls away in 2nd half, beats Southern Utah 93-78
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Brandon Boyd scored 24 points and Jared Stutzman drilled 5 of 9 from long range for 23 as Idaho State pulled away from Southern Utah in the second half for a 93-78 win on Thursday night.
Balint Mocsan added 15 points and Geno Luzcando had 13 with eight rebounds, six assists and four steals for Idaho State (7-6, 2-0 Big Sky), which has won three straight and seven of its last eight games. Novak Topalovic added 12 points.
Boyd helps spark Idaho State past CSU Northridge 67-55
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Boyd scored 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting, and Idaho State forced 17 turnovers on the way to a 67-55 defeat of Cal State Northridge on Saturday.
CSUN, hoping to end a 10-game losing streak, led 7-0 at the start, was tied at halftime but Boyd canned back-to-back 3-pointers as Idaho State (5-6) broke away on a 12-2 run early in the second half to take control and win for the fifth time in the last six games.
BYU’s balanced attack behind Childs buries Idaho State 85-71
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Yoeli Childs scored 20 points with eight rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots and Brigham Young beat Idaho State 85-71 on Thursday.
TJ Haws, Elijah Bryant and Payton Dastrup each scored 14 points for BYU (10-2). Dastrup made all five of his shots, Childs was 8 of 13 from the field and the Cougars shot 58 percent (28 of 48).
Mocsan scores 17, Idaho State beats Youngstown State 86-62
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Balint Mocsan scored 17 points, including three 3-pointers, and grabbed seven rebounds to help Idaho State beat Youngstown State 86-62 on Monday night.
Geno Luzcando had 12 points, Jared Stutzman added 11 and Brandon Boyd scored 10 for Idaho State (4-5). The Bengals, who lost their first five games to extend their losing streak to 14 games, have won four in a row.
Idaho State gets first win of the season 92-71 over Bethesda
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Jared Stutzman scored a career-high 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting to lead Idaho State to its first victory of the season, 92-71 over Bethesda on Friday night.
Geno Luzcando added 18 points, Balint Mocsan had 14 and Gary Chivichyan 13 for Idaho State (1-5), which shot 54 percent from the field and dominated the boards 44-28. Novak Topalovic had 11 points to go with 10 rebounds as the Bengals raced out to a 41-28 halftime lead and never trailed.
San Jose St. dumps Idaho St. 62-54 behind Hillsman’s 15
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Jaycee Hillsman scored 15 points, Isaiah Nichols had a career-high 14 points and San Jose State kept Idaho State winless with a 62-54 victory over the Bengals on Wednesday night.
Hillsman broke a 9-9 tie with a pair of 3-pointer and a 3-point play off a layup and San Jose State (2-3) never trailed again. The Spartans led 22-15 at the break — Idaho State's lowest-scoring half of the season.