Chicago State holds off Idaho

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTSJanuary 5, 2014 

MOSCOW — Matt Ross’ offensive rebound and layup with 3 seconds to play lifted Chicago State to a 57-55 win over Idaho on Saturday night.

Corey Gray’s jumper with 2:39 to play gave Chicago State (6-8, 1-0 Western Athletic Conference) a 55-48 lead but Idaho rattled off seven straight points — including a pair of back-to-back Mike Scott layups — to tie the game with 1:05 remaining.

Quinton Pippen, who paced the Cougars with 18 points and hit four 3-pointers, missed a shot from long distance but Gray corralled the offensive rebound. A foul by Scott gave Chicago State the ball out of bounds with 12 seconds to play and a missed layup by Gray set up Ross’ heroics.

Idaho (6-9, 0-2) out-rebounded the Cougars 36-24, including 13-6 on the offensive glass, but made just 12 of 22 free throws.

Stephen Madison led the Vandals with 17 points, nine rebounds and three steals.

“It’s frustrating for me,” Idaho coach Don Verlin said. “In the first half our defense was atrocious, in the second half we came out and guarded the heck of them, hold them to 19 points and we can’t hit an open shot or make a free throw.”

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