Uninspired Vandals ‘whupped’ by Washington State

10 Dec

PULLMAN, Wash. — With 10 minutes to go in the second half and Idaho trailing Washington State by nearly 30 points, the Vandals’ starting five sat glumly on the bench, watching the clock run down on their upset dreams.

Coming off Sunday’s 20-point blowout victory over the No. 25 Portland Pilots, Idaho seemed poised to knock off its cross-border rivals for the first time since 2002. Instead, tonight the Vandals seemed more interested on getting back on the bus to Moscow.

On the strength of a 21-2 run to open the second half, the Cougars drilled Idaho, 76-64, in a game that was not nearly as close as its final score might indicate. The Vandals fell to 5-3 on the season while WSU improved to 7-2.

A clearly-frustrated Idaho coach Don Verlin minced no words after the game, laying the blame squarely on a lack of effort all the way around the court. His wrath fell particularly hard on an all-senior starting five who combined to go 15-for-39 from the floor, and that only made respectable by Kashif Watson’s team-leading 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting.

“(The Cougars) were coached better, they played harder and they were much more prepared. They flat whupped our tails,” Verlin said. “Vandal basketball and Vandal players need to expect more than what we got tonight. I’m embarrassed.”

Star backcourters Mac Hopson and Steffan Johnson combined to go 5-for-17 and just 2-for-9 from beyond the arc, part of the team’s season-low .390 shooting performance and an awful .292 from downtown. They rode the pine for much of the second half, as Verlin turned the game over to his reserves. Even walk-on Travis Blackstock saw 5 minutes of action, his first of the season. It appeared Idaho’s second-year head coach was making a point to his team leaders, and he said as much after the game.

“I was disappointed. I didn’t think they played hard,” Verlin said of his starters. “You’re not allowed to play in this program if you don’t play hard.”

The opening 5 minutes were promising ones for the Vandals — though WSU’s star guard Klay Thompson got loose for some easy buckets, Idaho managed to hang with the Cougars and even take a 4-point lead.

At that point, things went upside down. Instead of running offensive sets, the Vandals began chucking up contested 3-pointers and turning around with the ball in the air. Rebounding vanished and the Cougars smelled blood, pulling out to an eight-point lead at the halftime break.

Out of the locker room, the Vandals’ starters seemed to give up, both defensively and offensively. The Cougars went to a zone defense, daring Idaho’s shooters — who had been top-10 in the country in 3-point shooting coming in — to take shots. They did, they missed and Washington State cleaned up the glass, converting the rebounds into back-to-back 3-pointers from Thompson, who finished with 25 points and 9 boards.

By the time the dust settled, Idaho had given up 14 unanswered points in the period’s first three minutes, making it 50-28 before a layup from Hopson snapped the run. But the Cougars weren’t done, tacking on seven more to give the home team its biggest lead of the game, 57-30, with 13 minutes and change remaining. The stunned Vandals never had a chance to recover.

“We came out in the second half with no energy, we missed about four defensive assignments and we didn’t rebound the ball,” Verlin said. “Thompson got any shot he wanted, he went wherever he wanted and we did a horrible job defending him.”

Only a late-game desperation run, powered by back-to-back 3-pointers from Jeff Ledbetter, made the score look respectable at the end — Idaho managed to cut the Cougars’ lead to single digits in the final seconds, before Washington State free throws drew it back out again. But that was no consolation.

“What I was most disappointed in was our lack of effort,” Verlin said. “I thought we were ready to play, but give all the credit to Washington State because they absolutely kicked our tail and there’s no excuse for it.”

Power forward Luiz Toledo was held out of the game by a trainer’s decision, but Verlin declined to comment further on the medical issue.

The Vandals will return to Moscow to lick their wounds and prepare for the final home non-conference game of the pre-season, against Eastern Oregon out of the NAIA. That game will tip off Saturday at 5 p.m. in Memorial Gym.

Official Basketball Box Score
Idaho vs Washington State
12/09/09 8 p.m. at Friel Court (Pullman, Wash.)

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VISITORS: Idaho 5-3
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
13 De Souza,Luciano.... f  2-8    1-6    2-2    0  3  3   2   7  0  0  1  1  26
53 Jefferson,Marvin.... c  2-3    0-0    1-2    4  2  6   2   5  2  3  1  0  21
01 Hopson,Mac.......... g  3-10   0-4    3-4    1  3  4   1   9  2  1  0  0  26
05 Johnson,Steffan..... g  2-7    2-5    0-0    0  1  1   1   6  0  0  0  0  22
32 Watson,Kashif....... g  6-11   0-0    4-8    2  2  4   1  16  1  2  0  0  29
00 Stern,Corey.........    0-0    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   2   0  0  0  2  1   9
02 Ledbetter,Jeff......    4-11   4-8    0-0    0  2  2   3  12  1  2  1  1  16
03 Henderson,Shawn.....    1-4    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   2   2  2  0  0  0  13
20 Lawrence,Marcus.....    2-3    0-1    1-2    1  4  5   4   5  1  2  0  1  14
33 Barone,Kyle.........    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  3  3   3   0  0  1  0  0  19
34 Blackstock,Travis...    1-1    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   0   2  0  1  0  0   5
   TEAM................                         2     2
   Totals..............   23-59   7-24  11-18  12 23 35  21  64  9 12  5  4 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-29 37.9%   2nd Half: 12-30 40.0%   Game: 39.0%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-10 30.0%   2nd Half:  4-14 28.6%   Game: 29.2%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  3-7  42.9%   2nd Half:  8-11 72.7%   Game: 61.1%    4

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HOME TEAM: Washington State 7-2
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
00 Capers, Marcus...... g  1-4    0-0    0-1    1  2  3   5   2  1  0  0  0  29
01 Thompson, Klay...... g  9-21   2-9    5-7    1  8  9   2  25  3  2  1  1  35
03 Moore, Reggie....... g  3-6    0-2    6-7    0  2  2   1  12  4  2  0  0  33
23 Casto, DeAngelo..... g  4-11   0-0    5-8    5  9 14   2  13  1  4  4  0  30
31 Lodwick, Abe........ g  2-4    2-3    0-0    0  3  3   1   6  1  1  0  0  17
04 Koprivica, Nikola...    3-4    2-3    1-2    1  0  1   1   9  1  0  0  0  23
11 Thames, Xavier......    2-5    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   3   4  1  0  0  0  14
14 Watson, James.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   1   0  0  0  0  0   2
30 Harthun, Michael....    2-4    0-1    0-0    1  1  2   0   4  0  0  0  0   9
40 Enquist, Charlie....    0-1    0-0    1-2    1  0  1   1   1  0  0  0  1   8
   TEAM................                         4  1  5             1
   Totals..............   26-60   6-18  18-27  16 28 44  17  76 12 10  5  2 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-32 46.9%   2nd Half: 11-28 39.3%   Game: 43.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-8  12.5%   2nd Half:  5-10 50.0%   Game: 33.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5-8  62.5%   2nd Half: 13-19 68.4%   Game: 66.7%    3

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Officials: Bill Kennedy, Mark Reischling, Jeff Ketchu
Technical fouls: Idaho-None. Washington State-None.
Attendance: 7285
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Idaho.........................   28   36  -   64
Washington State..............   36   40  -   76

Points in the paint-UI 20,WSU 32. Points off turnovers-UI 10,WSU 17.
2nd chance points-UI 14,WSU 8. Fast break points-UI 2,WSU 6.
Bench points-UI 21,WSU 18. Score tied-6 times. Lead changed-7 times.
Last FG-UI 2nd-01:07, WSU 2nd-03:17.
Largest lead-UI by 4 1st-14:43, WSU by 27 2nd-13:27.
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