Idaho men’s basketball crumples late against Montana

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTDecember 29, 2013 

MOSCOW, Idaho — Kareem Jamar scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Montana came from behind in the final seconds to beat Idaho 72-71 on Saturday.

Jordan Gregory added 19 points and four steals for Montana.

Idaho led 35-23 at halftime but the Grizzlies (5-4) battled to close the gap in the second. Jamar hit a layup, a 3-pointer, and a free throw in less than a minute to help bring Montana to within six at 15:21. With 13 seconds left to play and the Vandals holding a three-point advantage, Jamar went to the line twice and hit all four free-throw attempts to give the Grizzlies their first lead of the game and the win.

The Vandals (6-8) had 17 turnovers, including eight steals by the Grizzlies. Idaho’s leading scorer was Stephen Madison with 35 points. Madison grabbed 10 rebounds as did Bira Seck, who scored 10 points. Glen Dean scored 12.

Idaho led by 12 at half and made 18-of-33 free throws.

“To me it’s that simple, we missed 15 free throws and lost by one,” Idaho coach Don Verlin said. “We basically gave them a Christmas present.”

“You have to finish games and you have to make your layups and you have to make your free throws. Instead of begging for a foul or wanting someone to give you a game, you have to go and win it, and we didn’t do that,” Verlin said.


POCATELLO — Stefon Johnson had 10 rebounds and hit a jumper in the final minute to lead Cal State Bakersfield.

The Roadrunners (7-7) had a 58-57 lead with 51 seconds remaining.

After the teams traded timeouts, Issiah Grayson had a steal from Idaho State’s Andre Hatchett with 18 seconds to play.

The Bengals (3-6) fouled Erik Kinney, and he made 1-of-2 from the line.

The Roadrunners recovered the deadball rebound from Kinney’s second shot, and Javonte Maynor made a layup to cap the scoring for the Roadrunners.

Tomas Sanchez scored 17 points to lead the Bengals.

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