Thursday, March 11, 2010

No. 7 Idaho vs. No. 2 Nevada (Final UNR 87, IH 71)

Final score: UNR 87, IH 71

Note: The wi-fi connection at the Lawlor Events Center is unstable. Please bare with us as we try to correct this problem.

Note: Be sure to check out Travis Mason-Bushman's liveblog,

The Idaho Vandals (15-15, 6-10 WAC) come in to this game as big underdogs. Although the Vandals have had some eyebrow-raising performances (vs. Utah, Seattle), they've put together a lackluster conference performance. Still, with players such as Mac Hopson (14.4 pts, 5.1 rb, 5.1 ast) and Steffan Johnson (10.2 pts, 3 rbs, 3.2 ast), victory is not far from reach. However, one of Idaho's premier players, Kashif Waston, was recently suspended for comments he made via Twitter regarding coach Don Verlin that could seriously hamper the team's performance.

Nevada (21-13, 10-5 WAC), on the other hand, is coming off a quality home win vs. New Mexico State and after a sluggish mid-season performance, appears to be back on track to be a quality contender to capture the WAC tournament crown. WAC Player of the Year Luke Babbit is a stud and has been averaging 21.7 points and 9 boards.

19:00 Luke Babbit, UNR, three, crowd goes wild.

18:00 Luke Babbit, UNR, layup. Strong home crowd for Nevada tonight, as expected.

16:10 Luciano DeSouza, IH, three-pointer. Ends a 4 minute scoring drought.

14:15 Luke Babbit, UNR, layup. He's scored 7 of UNR's 15 points.

11:22 Jose Shaw, UNR, three-pointer.

10:56 Joey Shaw, UNR, three-pointer.

10:31 Luciano DeSouza, IH, three-pointer.

9:23 Brandon Fields, UNR, three-pointer

8:33 Brandon Fields, UNR, three-pointer

8:09 Timeout

Note: Stats from behind the arc
UNR, 72% (7-11)
IH, 42% (3-7)

Top Performers
Idaho: Luciano de Souza 11 Pts
Nevada: Brandon Fields 8 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

5:00 Luke Babbit, two-point floater from 5 feet

0:00 Halftime

2nd Half Stats

FG, 13-33, 39.4%
3PT, 4-10, 40%
FT, 4-7, 51%

FG, 17-28, 60.7%
3PT, 7-13, 53.8%
FT, 6-7, 85.7%


Start of 2nd Half

WAC officials are currently diagnosing the problem with the in-house wi-fi connection at the Lawlor Events Center. Stay tuned for a live blog of your New Mexico State Aggies vs. San Jose State. You won't want to miss it.

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