Vandals stun Wolf Pack in Reno
Junior center Kyle Barone
Junior center Kyle Barone
Publisher, GoVandals.net
Posted Feb 5, 2012


THE VANDALS WENT ON A 10-0 RUN to start the second half before beating Nevada a 72-68 on the road. The UI win broke Nevada's 16-game winning streak and handed the Wolf Pack (19-4, 8-1 WAC) their first WAC loss. Idaho (12-11, 5-4 WAC) -- the WAC's top 3-point shooting team -- hit 52% from the floor and 45% from behind the arc. Idaho was paced by Stephen Madison, KYLE BARONE, and Deremy Geiger.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS (from the official Idaho press release)
- The Vandals denied the Wolf Pack an opportunity to set a school-record for consecutive wins and handed Nevada (19-4, 8-1 WAC) its first loss since Nov. 25, 2011, against BYU. The Vandals move to 12-11 overall and 5-4 in conference play with the win, and they claim their third win in four regular-season tries at Lawlor Events Center under head coach Don Verlin.

- The Wolf Pack entered the game right behind Idaho for second in the WAC in 3-point shooting, but the Vandal defense limited Nevada to just six makes in 24 tries for a 25-percent clip.

- The best part about the win is that there’s no single Idaho player to credit. It could have been sophomore Stephen Madison hitting seven of 10 shots overall and four out of five 3-pointers for 18 points, or maybe freshman Connor Hill, who went 3-for-5 from long range and scored 11 points off the bench.

- Senior guard Landon Tatum played tough defense all night long on Nevada star Deonte Burton and filled the stat sheet on the other end with nine assists, six points, five rebounds and one steal.

- Junior center Kyle Barone scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and nabbed two steals.

- Deremy Geiger went 5-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-8 from 3-point range to finish with 16 points, along with three rebounds, two assists and two steals. His two free throws with seven seconds left sealed the game for Idaho.

- The Vandals moved to 8-0 this season when shooting at least 50 percent from the field. The Vandals are now 36-5 under Verlin when hitting that standard. The team has won 10 games in a row when shooting 50 percent or better, dating back to last season.

- The win gives Idaho a weekend road split and gives the team positive momentum coming into a challenging four-game home stretch. The Vandals will play three games this week at the Cowan Spectrum, starting Tuesday with Seattle U at 7:05 p.m.

- Idaho hosts WAC opponents New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech in doubleheaders on Thursday and Saturday, with 8:30 p.m. (PT) tips in each. On the following Saturday, Feb. 18, Idaho plays its final home game of the season in its Sears BracketBuster meeting with Portland State at 7:05 p.m. (PT).

GAME REPORT LINKS

LINK: OFFICIAL IDAHO PRESS RELEASE (story and stats)

RGJ: Idaho snaps Pack's win streak

RGJ: Coach Carter: Pack players 'humbled' by Idaho loss



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