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.
Oguine, Montana beat Idaho State 75-64
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Michael Oguine scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and finished with a career-high 15 rebounds to help Montana beat Idaho State 75-64 on Saturday night.
Jamar Akoh and Timmy Falls had 13 points apiece and Sayeed Pridgett added 10 points with eight rebounds for Montana (23-7, 16-2 Big Sky). The Grizzlies have won 15 in a row against Idaho State (14-15, 9-9).
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.
Idaho State hits 12 3s in 67-60 win over Sacramento State
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gary Chivichyan set career highs with eight 3-pointers and 25 points, Jared Stutzman had four 3s and 20 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 41 seconds left, and Idaho State beat Sacramento State 67-60 on Thursday night.
After 18 lead changes and seven ties, Bryce Fowler's jumper capped an 8-0 run and the Hornets led 65-64 with 1:16 left. Stutzman hit his jumper after an ISU timeout and the Hornets turned it over before Brandon Boyd hit two free throws.
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.
Harding, Braxton lead Weber State past Idaho State 77-70
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Jerrick Harding scored 22 points, Zach Braxton got his fourth double-double of the season and Weber State held off Idaho State for a 77-70 win Saturday night.
Braxton finished with 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting and hauled in 12 rebounds. Ryan Richardson added 15 points, all from long range to help Weber State (13-7, 6-2 Big Sky Conference) pick up its third-straight win.
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 State holds off Northern Arizona 64-60
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Jared Stutzman finished with 18 points and eight rebounds to help Idaho State hold off Northern Arizona 64-60.
Novak Topalovic added 11 points and seven boards and Balint Mocsan scored 10 for the Bengals (8-6, 3-0 Big Sky Conference), who upped their win streak to four and won for the eighth time in nine games. Idaho State is 3-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2006-07 season when they opened 5-0.
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.
Stutzman, Boyd lead Idaho St. to 62-60 win over Weber St.
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Jared Stutzman had 17 points and Brandon Boyd scored 15 to help Idaho State beat Weber State 62-60 on Saturday night in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams.
Stutzman and Boyd combined to make 13 of 20 from the field, including 4 of 20 from 3-point range. Balint Mocsan added 12 points and seven rebounds for Idaho State (6-6).
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).
Stutzman with 17 points, Idaho St. beats Div. II NW Nazarene
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Jared Stutzman scored 17 points with five rebounds and Idaho State beat Division II Northwest Nazarene 73-57 on Saturday night.
Novak Topalovic added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Bengals (3-5). Kyle Ingram and Balint Mocsan had 10 points apiece. Ingram also had 10 rebounds.
In the first half, five steals by Northwest Nazarene contributed to 12 Idaho State turnovers but Idaho State held on for a 39-32 edge at intermission.
Idaho St. downs feisty Cal St. Northridge 74-66
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Balint Moscan shot 6 of 9 beyond the 3-point arc en route to a career-high 23 points and Idaho State handed Cal State Northridge its seventh consecutive loss 74-66 on Wednesday night.
The Matadors led for most of the first half and went to intermission with a 35-30 lead. But Moscan made three 3s in less than three minutes and the Bengals were up 48-44.
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.
ISU athletics: Bengals student-athletes speak at local diversity assembly
Student-athletes from the Idaho State football and men's basketball teams took time Wednesday morning to talk to local elementary school students at Gate City Elementary about racism, diversity and the importance of acceptance.