IT'S BEEN OVER TWO DECADES since the Idaho men last played for a Conference tournament championship.…
Idaho advances in WAC Tourney
LAS VEGAS – Idaho seniors Stephen Madison and Glen Dean turned in stellar performances and the Idaho men's basketball team gutted out a 73-70 win over Kansas City in the Western Athletic Conference quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon.
Madison scored 26 points and added a career-high 17 rebounds while hitting all 11 of his free throw attempts and three of his five 3-point attempts. Dean came off the bench and went 4-for-6 from 3-point range and added six assists. He also converted two critical free throws with 10 seconds to play to finish with 14 points.
"Glen Dean stepped up and played his best game since early in the season," Idaho coach Don Verlin said. "He was almost flawless until that last turnover. Glen is obviously a very good defender, he was on Harrison all night and he did a good job of keeping him in front, and he's a hard guy to keep in front. I thought Glen played a whale of a game tonight."
It wasn't just the Idaho seniors who stepped up. True freshman Sekou Wiggs scored a career-high 18 points and added four rebounds. His free throw with three seconds left gave Idaho its final 73-70 margin.
It was the first WAC tournament victory for Madison and Verlin.
"It feels awfully good, and Stephen and I enjoyed a special moment because we hadn't gotten one yet," Verlin said.
"It means a lot because we've put a lot of hours in over the last four years," Madison added. "It feels good to get one and we'll keep going forward and show what this group can do."
The Vandals led by eight points, 68-60, with 2:14 to play when the ‘Roos went on a 7-0 run to close the lead to one.
READ MORE: Click Here
GoVandals.net Recommended Stories
Spotlight Video: Meet the Future of Football
Updated daily! Check out hundreds of incredible profiles of the country's top football recruits in action. For all you recruiting fanatics, it doesn't get any better than this!Read More
Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Fishing Must-Haves
Selected by the team of experts at North American Fishing Club, this essential gear will ensure that you—or the angler in your life—will have a very happy 2015.Read More
2015 NFL Draft Mock 3.0
With two weeks left in the NFL regular season the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the first overall pick in next spring's draft. Here's a look at the draft order and first round mock projections after 15…Read More
CFB Head Coaching Tracker
Wisconsin is the latest team in college football team searching for their next coach. (Last updated 12-19-14, 9:56 a.m.)Read More
Dakota Meyer: "Why did I Survive?"
Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer has struggled with that question since September 8, 2009, the horrible day that an ambush in Afghanistan took the lives of four of his teammates. Earlier this…Read More