Idaho men's basketball team erodes late, loses at Grand Canyon


PHOENIX — Jerome Garrison scored 16 of his career-high 30 points on free throws to lead Grand Canyon to an 86-73 win over Idaho on Thursday night.

Killian Larson added 24 points for Grand Canyon (8-10, 3-2 WAC), going 8-of-11 from the field and leading the Antelopes with 11 rebounds.

Grand Canyon erased a two-point deficit early in the second half by capping off a 20-3 run with 10 straight points to take a 63-48 lead with less than 11 minutes remaining.

“We came out at halftime with some good adjustments and went up two and then they responded and we didn’t,” Idaho coach Don Verlin said.

Stephen Madison scored 17 points and Mike Scott added 15 for Idaho (8-13, 2-5), which has now lost seven of its past nine.

“When the heat of the game turned up they out-toughed us, they were more physical, they beat us to the punch, they played harder,” Verlin said. “The bottom line is they wanted it more than we did for whatever reason.”

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