The Idaho Stampede trailed by 20 points at halftime Saturday night.
Of course they did.
After all, Idaho came into the game against the Bakersfield Jam with a 16-31 record. The Jam were on the other side of the standings, with a league-best 33-13 record.
So it made sense that the announced crowd of 2,494 at CenturyLink Arena was resigned to another loss as Idaho came out of the tunnel after halftime trailing by those 20 points.
But then something clicked.
"We said we needed to play with some toughness and some pride," Idaho forward Sean Evans said.
Evans scored 14 points in the third quarter. Justin Holiday added 13 and Durrell Summers had nine.
Idaho rode that third-quarter wave to its biggest win of the season, a 108-95 victory that sent that once-sleepy crowd into a frenzy.
"I have no idea what just happened in that third quarter," coach Mike Peck said. "Coming from 20 down against this team, that says something. (The Jam) are the top of the league for a reason. They're good, they're vets, they're solid and they're smart. We just did an unbelievable job, collectively. It feels good."
By the end of the game, several Stampede players got in on the victory.
Holiday finished with a game-high 28 points. Justin Harper (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Reggie Hamilton (15 points, 11 assists) each had double-doubles.
And Idaho seemed to cleanse itself of a season of frustration in one quarter.
"I wouldn't say it washes it away, but it definitely feels good," Evans said.
By the end of the game, the playmaking became contagious. Holiday's finger rolls were going in. Hamilton's driving layups were falling as he was getting fouled. Evans was slamming home dunks.
Coby Karl wanted a piece of it, too.
"Coach put me back in, and I saw what was going on, and I wasn't going to mess it up," Karl said. "I was just moving the ball, and I had an opportunity. I thought it was a good look."
It was, too. The 3-pointer from a couple feet beyond the arc went in.
The shot gave Idaho a 101-89 lead with 2 minutes, 42 seconds remaining.
And with that, the Stampede - and their fans - were able to celebrate.
"We did it as a team," Holiday said. "That was the best part about it."
NOTE: The Stampede play their final two games of the season Friday and Saturday at home. Both games start at 7 p.m.