Brandon Boydâ€™s layup with 2 seconds left lifted Idaho State to a 72-70 win Saturday at Sacramento State.
The Hornets tied the game at 70-all with a layup off an ISU turnover at the 9-second mark, setting the table for Boydâ€™s heroics. Boyd scored five of his 10 points in the final 41 seconds of action.
His 3-pointer with 41 seconds to play gave ISU a 70-65 lead.
â€śBrandon made some really key plays down the stretch,â€ť ISU coach Bill Evans said in a postgame radio interview.
The Idaho State menâ€™s and womenâ€™s track and field teams came away victorious at the 2019 Stacy Dragila Open thanks in part to record-breaking performances by Ashley VanVleet-Sturgis and Michael Dean.
The Bengal men and women ended the meet with 29 total podium finishes and 10 first place finishes.
â€śI think itâ€™s always good to have wins, they build confidence,â€ť Bengals head coach Hillary Merkley said. â€śA lot of the kids are excited about where they are at. We had good wins. We had improvement in areas where we didnâ€™t have the win, but we are making progress as a team. We know we are headed in a good direction.â€ť
The Idaho State University menâ€™s and womenâ€™s track and field teams ended day one of the 2019 Stacy Dragila Open with a pair of victories in the womenâ€™s pole vault and the womenâ€™s pentathlon at Holt Arena.
â€śWeâ€™ve been excited to get started,â€ť ISU head coach Hillary Merkley said. â€śItâ€™s a long fall season and thereâ€™s a lot of anxiety for kids and coaches to get started. It was a good day for them.
“On the womenâ€™s side, I am especially excited to see where weâ€™re going to go,’ Merkley continued. “It was a good start and we want to keep building on that throughout the day. We know where we finished last year at conference. We know what the rankings are. But we know that where we are as a team is better than what those marks show.â€ť
After Saturdayâ€™s miserable defensive effort, Idaho Stateâ€™s next opponent should boost the Bengalsâ€™ defensive numbers.
The Bengals (6-7, 2-2 Big Sky Conference) play their lone game of the week Saturday at Sacramento State â€” the last Big Sky team in search of a league win and, statistically, one of the worst offensive squads in Division I.
That didnâ€™t matter in the Bengalsâ€™ last game, an 81-69 home loss to Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks had their best offensive outing this season, shooting 56.3 percent from the field and snapping a seven-game road losing streak. NAU ranks ninth in the Big Sky in scoring and ninth in shooting percentage.
Four players reached double figures to lead Idaho State to its fourth consecutive win Thursday, 70-57 at Weber State.
Estefania Ors led the way with 23 points for the Bengals (9-5, 4-1 Big Sky Conference). Saylair Grandon followed with 18 points and five rebounds, while Grace Kenyon and Sai Tapasa combined for 21 points and 18 boards.
Delaney Moore also had a productive night off the bench with six points, five rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals.
â€śSheâ€™s been great,â€ť ISU coach Seton Sobolewski said of Moore. â€śSheâ€™s really smart and sheâ€™s got toughness to her and sheâ€™s got athleticism, but Delaneyâ€™s good at mastering just a few things … she doesnâ€™t spread herself thin and she gets really good at a few things.â€ť