Idaho rallies to beat Portland State

THE ASSOCIATED PRESSDecember 15, 2013 

PORTLAND - Glen Dean scored a game-high 26 points and Connor Hill added 21 and Idaho came from behind Saturday night to beat Portland State 76-75.

Trailing 36-34 at halftime, Idaho (5-6) took a 45-43 lead at 15:43 on a 3-pointer by Hill, but Portland State (4-4) fought back and the lead traded hands six more times until Stephen Madison's layup at 4:30 gave Idaho a 68-67 edge. Portland State's DeShaun Wiggins hit a 3-pointer with 50 seconds to play make it a 1-point game and the Vikings called a timeout to set up a final play, but Hill stole the ball and time ran out.

Dean and Hill each scored five 3-pointers and Idaho outshot Portland State 54 percent to 49.1 percent. Madison added 14 points for the Vandals.

Wiggins led the Vikings with 22 points and eight rebounds. Tim Douglas scored 13 points and Andre Winston Jr. added 11.

WASHINGTON 85, IDAHO STATE 66

SEATTLE - While Lorenzo Romar may still have concerns about Washington's defense, he'll happily take a stat line featuring 55 percent shooting and 19 assists.

Especially against the different kind of zone defenses Idaho State used to try and confuse the Huskies on Saturday.

"What we have been guilty of a little bit early walking around, jogging around early trying to figure it all out and today I thought we attacked," Romar said. "We weren't really thinking we were going out playing basketball and getting into the places where we were supposed to be."

C.J. Wilcox scored 14 of his 19 points in the first half, Perris Blackwell scored a season high 20 points, and Washington finally pulled away from Idaho State in the final five minutes for a 85-66 win.

The Huskies had dropped three of five, including last Sunday's setback at No. 25 San Diego State. But Washington started its final stretch of games before beginning Pac-12 play with a surprising challenge out of the Bengals from the Big Sky.

Washington (5-4) saw a 13-point lead trimmed to five with 7:04 remaining, but Andrew Andrews and Wilcox combined for nine straight points as the Huskies finally pulled away. Washington shot a season-best 55 percent and the 19 assists matched a season high.

"The first half we did a good job attack it and hitting shots," Wilcox said. "We were able to penetrate and kick out as well as kick it in to Perris and Shawn (Kemp Jr.). That definitely sparked us in the first half."

Tomas Sanchez and Jeffrey Solarin led the Bengals (3-4) with 14 points each. Andre Hatchett added 12 points and Chris Hansen had 11 for the Bengals, who lost to a Pac-12 team for the second time in a week. Idaho State lost at Utah 74-66 last Tuesday.

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