Allen’s 32 points leads Idaho past E Washington 74-71
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Travon Allen scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Idaho upset Eastern Washington 74-71 on Thursday night after squandering most of a 24-point second-half lead.
Idaho’s Chance Garvin made 1 of 2 free throws with just over two seconds left but Kim Aiken Jr.’s 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark.
The Vandals (7-17, 3-10 Big Sky Conference) made 5 of 10 3-pointers in the first half and bolted to a 41-23 lead as Eastern Washington shot just 29%.
Idaho pushed the lead to 49-25 less than three minutes into the second half. The Eagles quickly reeled off 12 points and turned that into a 20-4 run, closing within 53-45 with more than 10 minutes to go.
Eastern got within single digits twice but each time Allen led a rally and it was 72-60 at the 3:25 mark. Then Eastern scored nine straight to make it a one-possession game with 1:16 to go but couldn’t get a tying shot to go down.
Jacob Davison and Mason Peatling had 21 points each for the Eagles (16-8, 9-4), with Peatling grabbing 10 rebounds. Davison had 18 points and Peatling 14 in the second half.
Idaho plays at Portland State on Monday. Eastern Washington plays at Portland State on Saturday.
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