Dec. 22, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - A 14-0 first-half run sparked Idaho State to a 77-73 win over Troy Wednesday in the men's basketball action of the World Vision Invitational, sponsored by Gossner Foods at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Down 11-2 in the early going, the Bengals held the Trojans without a field goal over the next six and a half minutes, reeling off a 14-0 run to take a 16-11 lead and ISU had control from there on out to improve to 4-7 on the year, breaking a two-game losing skid. Troy fell to 2-10, after snapping a nine-game losing skid with a wild, 102-99 OT thriller Tuesday.
Broderick Gilchrest lest ISU with 17 points, hitting 5-of-7 three-pointers, while Deividas Busma added 16 points and nine rebounds. Kenny McGowen and Andre' Hatchett added 14 and 12 points, respectively, off the bench, as the Bengal reserves out-scored their counterparts, 34-12.
Shawntez Patterson and Regis Huddleston hit four treys each for Troy, as Patterson finished with 17 points while Huddleston ended with 12. Bernard Toombs tossed in 15 while Levan Patsatsia also logged 12 points. Will Weathers registered his second-straight double-double with the rare assists-rebounds combination, tying his own Gossner Invitational record from Tuesday with 13 assists to go with 10 rebounds. In Tuesday's win, Weathers had 12 points and 13 assists.
Troy had a 48-45 rebounding edge, including 26 on the offensive glass which contributed to a 24-9 second-chance advantage. The Trojan defense forced 13 turnovers, while only committing six turnovers, and Troy had a 16-9 points off turnovers edge.
However, Troy only shot 31.4 percent (27-of-86) from the field, including hoisting 50 three-point attempts, making just 11 (22.0 percent). The Trojans were 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) at the free throw line.
Idaho State shot an even 50 percent (27-of-54) from the floor, making 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) from behind the arc, as well as 15-of-24 (62.5 percent) at the charity stripe.
A Toombs layup at the 15:50 mark gave Troy an 11-2 lead, but that would be the last point scored by the Trojans for the next four minutes and the last field goal for the next six minutes. Idaho State opened a 16-11 lead, and later, 17-12, as Gilchrist hit a pair of treys during the run. A jumper by Flynn Clayman and a three-point play by Patterson pulled the Trojans even at 17-all with 8:45 on the clock. The game's fifth and final tie came at 26-26 after Patterson tied it with a three-pointer at the 4:33 mark, but ISU opened a 32-26 lead on three layups, and took a 37-33 lead into halftime.
The Bengals' lead grew to its largest of the night at 51-41 with 12:57 to go on a Hatchett trey. Troy closed to 58-56 with 8:39 to go on a Toombs tip-in, but couldn't get any closer, as Idaho State held off Troy's comeback and hung on for the win.
The World Vision Invitational, sponsored by Gossner Foods wraps up on Thursday, with Idaho State facing Western Michigan at 5:30 p.m. before Troy tangles with Utah State at 8 p.m.
To purchase tickets, or for more Aggie basketball ticket information, fans can contact the USU Ticket Office at 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305, in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or on-line 24 hours a day at www.utahstateaggies.com under the "tickets" drop down menu.
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