White-hot Idaho gunnery obliterates stunned Broncos

6 Feb

Tonight in Boise, the Idaho Vandals took to the hardwood of the Taco Bell Arena with one thought in their minds: revenge.

The homestanding Broncos never knew what hit them.

Idaho avenged its heartbreaking overtime loss to Boise State at home earlier in the season in dominating fashion, capturing a 79-55 victory — marking the worst loss for the Broncos in the history of the intra-state rivalry series.

The Vandals (11-11, 3-7 Western Athletic Conference) quickly established to the 7,734 fans in attendance that the visitors, quite simply, wanted the game more than Boise State (11-12, 2-8 WAC) did. The two teams traded buckets for the first seven minutes to find things knotted up at 8-all.

But it was at that point a Luciano de Souza 3-pointer broke the logjam — and Idaho never looked back. That trey would spark a 37-11 Vandal run for the rest of the half, keyed by a 4-for-5 performance from beyond the arc by de Souza and two more downtown shots from Steffan Johnson. Overall, Idaho would shoot 7-for-11 outside in the opening 20 minutes and take a 45-19 lead into the locker room at halftime.

“We just got hot,” Idaho coach Don Verlin said. “De Souza got hot, Johnson made a couple, and then away we go. I looked up and we’re up 20 and it was like, ‘Oh my’.”

Meanwhile, a stout defensive effort held the Broncos to just 30 percent shooting (and an abysmal 17 percent from downtown) while collecting 14 turnovers. Idaho’s big men dominated inside, holding a 14-to-4 scoring margin in the paint and leading the Vandals to a 17-14 rebounding advantage.

Sophomore forward Luiz Toledo continued his string of solid performances, going 5-for-6 from the floor for 11 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Boise State inside banger and leading scorer Ike Okoye was kept to just one field goal and five points.

“We did a great job early in the game,” Verlin said. “Our posts did a great of getting around and not letting them get close post seals near the basket like we did last time, and then our perimeter guys did a great job of keeping them out of the middle of the floor.”

In the second half, it was a matter of nursing the lead home, and Idaho got sloppy several times along the way. But the Broncos would never find the offensive firepower to truly threaten a comeback — the closest they’d come was 55-37 with 13 minutes to go. The next bucket would be a Mac Hopson 3-pointer and Boise State’s miracle hopes vanished. Jeff Ledbetter canned a pair of treys in the final four minutes to break the Broncos’ back.

“I thought we did a good job of finishing it up and finding a way to win,” Verlin said. “It’s always good to win a game against your in-state rival on their floor by 25 – you don’t do that very often.”

Hopson, who was returning from a one-game suspension, had one of his most efficient games of the season. He shot just 3-for-9 from the floor for 11 points, but dished up five assists for just one turnover while pulling down six rebounds and snagging a pair of steals.

For the game, the Vandals hit a stellar .560 from the field on 28 of 50 shooting and .500, 10 for 20, from beyond the arc. Idaho also finished with a slight edge in cleaning up the glass, 28-27.

Anthony Thomas, he of the now-infamous “guarantee” and the buzzer-beating trey which sent the game in Moscow into overtime, had yet another nothing game against the Vandals. The Broncos’ erstwhile senior leader went scoreless on six shot attempts while racking up four personal fouls.

Adding the final insult, Vandal walk-on forward Travis Blackstock, who hails from nearby Kuna, nailed a jumper with six seconds left to score his first points of the conference season and create the final margin of victory.

Idaho now returns home for a nationally-televised WAC matchup against powerhouse Nevada on Wednesday. ESPN2 cameras will be trained on the Cowan Spectrum hardwood when the game tips at 8 p.m.

Official Basketball Box Score
Idaho vs Boise State
2/6/10 7:05 p.m. at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)

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VISITORS: Idaho 11-11, 3-7 WAC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
21 Toledo,Luiz......... f  5-6    0-0    1-2    2  5  7   2  11  0  2  0  0  33
53 Jefferson,Marvin.... c  2-3    0-0    2-2    0  2  2   4   6  2  0  2  0  11
01 Hopson,Mac.......... g  3-9    2-5    3-5    2  4  6   2  11  5  1  0  2  32
05 Johnson,Steffan..... g  2-3    2-3    0-0    0  2  2   2   6  4  3  0  3  23
32 Watson,Kashif....... g  5-9    0-0    2-6    1  0  1   1  12  2  3  0  1  26
02 Ledbetter,Jeff......    2-6    2-6    0-0    1  1  2   3   6  1  0  0  1  18
03 Henderson,Shawn.....    2-4    0-0    1-1    0  3  3   1   5  3  0  0  1  14
13 De Souza,Luciano....    4-6    4-6    4-4    0  2  2   4  16  1  5  0  1  23
20 Lawrence,Marcus.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   0  0  1  0  0   7
33 Barone,Kyle.........    2-2    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   2   4  0  1  0  0  12
34 Blackstock,Travis...    1-2    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   2  0  0  0  0   1
   TEAM................                            1  1
   Totals..............   28-50  10-20  13-20   6 22 28  22  79 18 16  2  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-30 53.3%   2nd Half: 12-20 60.0%   Game: 56.0%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  7-11 63.6%   2nd Half:  3-9  33.3%   Game: 50.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  6-8  75.0%   2nd Half:  7-12 58.3%   Game: 65.0%    1

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HOME TEAM: Boise State 11-12, 2-8 WAC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
02 Montreal, Daequon... f  7-10   0-1    2-4    2  2  4   3  16  0  2  0  5  27
03 Okoye, Ike.......... f  1-4    0-0    3-3    0  7  7   2   5  0  2  0  0  25
21 Arnold, Robert...... f  2-3    0-1    4-8    1  2  3   3   8  1  6  1  0  29
11 Thomas, Anthony..... g  0-6    0-3    0-0    0  1  1   4   0  4  3  0  4  30
24 Anderson, La'Shard.. g  4-8    2-3    2-3    0  3  3   3  12  2  3  1  2  32
04 Salzwedel, Justin...    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   5
14 Larsen, Nate........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  0  0  0   1
25 Noonan, Paul........    2-6    2-6    2-3    0  4  4   3   8  1  2  0  1  30
30 Young, Tyler........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
32 Moritz, Zack........    2-3    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   4  0  0  0  0   9
50 Cunningham, Kurt....    1-2    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   2  0  1  0  0  11
   TEAM................                         1  2  3
   Totals..............   19-42   4-14  13-21   5 22 27  19  55  9 19  2 12 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  6-20 30.0%   2nd Half: 13-22 59.1%   Game: 45.2%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-6  16.7%   2nd Half:  3-8  37.5%   Game: 28.6%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  6-7  85.7%   2nd Half:  7-14 50.0%   Game: 61.9%    4

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Officials: David Hall, Bobby McRoy, Ken Nielson
Technical fouls: Idaho-None. Boise State-None.
Attendance: 7734
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Idaho.........................   45   34  -   79
Boise State...................   19   36  -   55

Points in the paint-UI 28,BSU 18. Points off turnovers-UI 18,BSU 14.
2nd chance points-UI 9,BSU 5. Fast break points-UI 10,BSU 3.
Bench points-UI 33,BSU 14. Score tied-4 times. Lead changed-1 time.
Last FG-UI 2nd-00:06, BSU 2nd-00:42.
Largest lead-UI by 28 2nd-18:02, BSU by 2 1st-19:45.
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2 Responses to “White-hot Idaho gunnery obliterates stunned Broncos”

  1. @Joe_vandal February 7, 2010 at 12:04 am #

    travis, i would never question… but blackstock has scored this season (against WSU and LC). he just hadn’t scored in conference play

  2. Travis Mason-Bushman February 7, 2010 at 12:09 am #

    Whooooops, that’s what we meant to write but that all-important word “conference” got left out. Thanks!

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