MOSCOW, Idaho Marcus Graves had 18 points with nine assists on Thursday night and made all four of his free throws in the last 19.8 seconds to help Sacramento State hold on to beat Idaho 65-63.
Graves made both at the foul line with 9.3 seconds left to make it 65-61. But Patrick Ingram scored quickly for Idaho, Eric Stuteville missed a pair of free throws with 3.5 seconds left and Nick Hornsby inadvertently fouled Ingram away from the basket, giving Idaho a chance a chance to tie at the foul line with 0.9 seconds left.
Ingram missed the first off the back of the rim and missed the rim completely on his second – a quick shot intended to give his teammates a chance for a putback.
The Hornets (9-9, 2-5 Big Sky) led 61-52 with 2:14 left but allowed the Vandals (12-9, 4-4) within one just 1:04 later. Ingram scored a quick layup and Chad Sherwood added back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 61-60.
IDAHO STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Ethan Telfair scored 19 points and added nine assists to help Idaho State roll to an 87-68 victory over Southern Utah on Thursday night for its third-straight win.
The Bengals (9-10, 4-3 Big Sky Conference) shot 60 percent on 28-of-47 shooting from the floor, and made 10 of 18 3-pointers (57 percent).
Telfair made 5 of 10 field goals and all eight free-throw attempts. Geno Luzcando had 16 points and Ben Wilson 14 for the Bengals. Clint Nwosuh had three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points, and Gary Chivichyan added 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.
NORTHWEST NAZARENE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Crusaders (7-10, 5-6 GNAC) jumped out to a halftime lead and held off Seattle Pacific (6-12, 3-8) for a 64-58 road win on Thursday night.
NNU MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Crusaders (7-10, 4-7 GNAC) went cold in the final minutes, losing 62-59 on the road to Western Oregon (17-2, 10-1).
COLLEGE OF IDAHO BASEBALL: The Coyotes came back from an early deficit to win their season opener 4-2 over Arizona Christian in Phoenix.
U OF I WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Vandals (14-6, 6-2 Big Sky) used a big third quarter to open a lead, and they held off Sacramento State (7-11, 4-3) for a 98-88 road victory.
ISU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Bengals (10-8, 3-4 Big Sky) had four players in double figures and held off Southern Utah (3-16, 0-8) for a 71-67 road victory. It was ISU’s third straight win.