By Madison Guernsey firstname.lastname@example.org
For the first time this season, Idaho State played two complete halves.
The Bengals put together their best defensive effort of the season on Tuesday, holding Lamar to 30.6 percent shooting while tallying nine blocks and eight steals. ISUâ€™s 47.9 percent shooting clip was its second-highest this season, its 23 made free throws marked a season high and a 14-10 assist-to-turnover margin was the Bengalsâ€™ first game with more dimes than giveaways.
ISU earned a 77-60 win, snapping a six-game losing streak that featured two 30-plus-point blowouts and spelling relief for a team with Big Sky championship aspirations. But the Bengals (1-6) still posed a glaring weakness.
â€śThe Achilles heel would be the inability to rebound the ball,â€ť Bengals head coach Bill Evans said Friday by phone.
ISU was outrebounded 47-28 â€” a season-worst minus-19 margin. Lamar snatched 17 offensive rebounds, pushing Bengals opponents to an 85-44 advantage in that category for the season.