NORTHERN ARIZONA 81, IDAHO STATE 68
NAU stifles Telfair, Idaho State in 81-68 victory
How did the Lumberjacks knock off the Bengals? A big reason was their superb defense on ISU junior point guard Ethan Telfair. In 37 minutes, Telfair, hampered by foul trouble, scored 12 points on 2-of-11 shooting. He went 1 for 5 from 3 and had two assists compared to seven turnovers.
“We knew Telfair was the head of the snake for the team,” Torry Johnson told the Arizona Daily Sun. “We knew we had to put all of our concentration into stopping him first and then making other people make plays. We did a good job, especially on the ball screens.”
WEBER STATE 87, SOUTHERN UTAH 83
Weber State escapes with an 87-83 win over Southern Utah
Wildcats top T-Birds in thriller
With the victory, Weber State pulled into a tie with Montana for first place in the Big Sky Conference standings. It wasn't easy against the T-Birds. Senior forward Joel Bolomboy needed to pour in a career-high 34 points as SUU rallied from down 11 in the second half.
Two roster updates for Southern Utah, according to SUU beat writer Ryan Miller. Trey Kennedy's suspension for a citation of marijuana suspension has been lifted after the charges were dropped. Kennedy, the team's second-leading scorer, did not play versus WSU. That's great news for the Thunderbirds, but junior guard Race Parsons went down with an apparent leg injury late in the game Thursday. His status moving forward is unknown.
IDAHO 80, PORTLAND STATE 74
Vandals win third straight
Vandals shut down Vikings in second half, come away with 80-74 win
With Idaho State's loss, Idaho moves up one spot in the standings and grabs sole possession of fourth place. Making the win even sweeter for the Vandals, Perrion Callandret returned to the starting lineup and scored 19 points, and Victor Sanders entered off the bench and recorded seven points following a seven-game injury absence.
EASTERN WASHINGTON 93, SACRAMENTO STATE 88
Sacramento State falls to Eastern Washington
Extending best winning streak in 12 years, sizzling start helps EWU win 93-88
The story of this one is how the Eagles made 15 of their first 19 shots and scored 58 points in the first half to lead by 18. The Hornets rallied but got no closer than 92-88 with 17 seconds left.
Eastern has a one-game lead on Idaho for third place. Those teams play Feb. 27 in Moscow.