Close calls: Vandals win in 2OT, Bengals lose

January 10, 2014 

EDINBURG, Texas — Perrion Callendret’s layup with one second remaining in double-overtime lifted Idaho over Texas-Pan American 86-85 on Thursday.

The layup accounted for Callendret’s only points in the game. The Vandals (7-10, 1-2 WAC) were led by Connor Hill with 28 points, while Stephen Madison had 19 points and 14 rebounds, Glen Dean added 13 points and Sekou Wiggs 12.

“I couldn’t be happier, especially for the guys in the locker room,” Idaho coach Don Verlin said. “When you lose games like (we have), they rip your hearts out, and it can be hard to get the pieces back together. Our guys hung together all night long and fought.”

Javorn Farrell scored 22 points with 17 rebounds and seven assists for UTPA (4-13, 0-2). Shaquille Hines and Shaquille Boga both had 19 for the Broncs.

Farrell made a layup and a pair of free throws to give UTPA a 77-75 lead at the start of the second OT, then made another pair of free throws with 59 seconds left to give the Broncs a 5-point lead at 84-79.

But Wiggs made four consecutive free throws to draw the Vandals back to one with 33 seconds to go before Callendret’s heroics ended the affair.

“It was nice to see Perrion come in and make the big basket,” Verlin said. “We maybe didn’t play our best game of the year but we did some good things against a team that got hot on us.”

NORTH DAKOTA 66, IDAHO ST. 62

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Jaron Nash scored 21 points and Troy Huff sparked a second-half run as North Dakota won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

North Dakota (5-8, 2-1 Big Sky) began a 10-0 run midway through the second half to take a 55-43 lead with 8:14 left. Huff scored eight of his 12 points during that stretch.

Chris Hansen hit a 3-pointer to get the Bengals (5-7, 2-1) within 62-59 with 1:43 left. A free throw from Aaron Anderson and a basket by Huff put North Dakota back up by five. Tomas Sanchez hit a 3-pointer for Idaho State with 15 seconds left to make it 64-62 before North Dakota’s Cole Stefan made two free throws.

North Dakota had a 32-16 advantage in the paint and turned 23 Idaho State turnovers into 26 points.

Hansen had 24 points for Idaho State.

“We were our own worst enemy tonight,” Idaho State coach Bill Evans said.

“We had too many turnovers and gave up too many offensive rebounds. The guys battled, we came back and had a chance to win it at the end.”

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