DAVIS, Calif. Connor Hill had a career-high 29 points, and Glen Dean scored all of his 18 points in the second half as Idaho defeated UC Davis 80-76 on Saturday.
Connor has always shot it well in this building, Idaho coach Don Verlin said of Hill, who went 7-of-9 from behind the arc. What a great night for him. We kept getting him open looks.
The Vandals (4-4) erased an early 15-point deficit and climbed within two on a Dean 3-pointer at the 7:59 mark.
After a Brynton Lemar layup and three-point play by Igor Nujic, Idaho surged on a 16-2 run, sparked by a trio of 3-pointers from Dean, to lead 78-71.
We had given them way too many points at half, Verlin said. I said if we would buckle down defensively, we could get on a roll. We were actually playing pretty well offensively. The key stat is we got those 3-pointers down, they made six in the first half and one in the second, we were able to guard the 3-point line in the second half.
UC Davis (3-5) cut the deficit to two on two jumpers by Corey Hawkins, but he couldnt connect on a game-tying jumper with 8 seconds left.
Dean shot 5-of-7 from 3-point range. Stephen Madison added 15 points and 16 rebounds for Idaho.