ISU volleyball: Bengals win 5th straight, 3-1 against Sac State at home

Idaho State hit .314 or better in every set as the Bengals delivered a 3-1 win against Sacramento State on Saturday at Reed Gym. With the win, ISU jumped Sac State in the conference standings and now sits tied for third with Weber State.

“All we can control is us doing what we do, and that’s what we talk to the girls about, one match at a time,” Bengals coach Rick Reynolds said. “We knew that we had the ability to beat anyone in the conference. It’s really nice to beat Sac. Now, we’ve beat everyone that was picked to finish ahead of us at least once. So, going into the conference tournament, we’ve beat everybody and I don’t know that everybody else can say that.”

The two players donning No. 4 took center stage Saturday night. ISU’s Abby Garrity racked up 24 kills in her ninth double-double of the season. The senior also had 17 digs and hit at a .311 clip in the match. Sacramento State’s Mikaela Nocetti returned to the lineup and secured her own double-double with 23 kills.

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ISU football: Bengals stunned 37-14 by Cal Poly

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POCATELLO – Idaho State’s final offensive play was a fitting end to an uncharacteristic collapse.

Amid a season of newfound success, Saturday’s outcome was one no one saw coming.

Tanner Conner’s last-minute fumble was the Bengals’ fourth turnover of the game, and the final unraveling as No. 24 ISU fell 37-14 at Cal Poly on homecoming— a sour end to the first week ISU entered the top 25 of national polls since 2015.

Idaho State (6-4, 5-2 Big Sky Conference) was held to its lowest point total this season as it struggled to solve Cal Poly’s defense. The Mustangs (4-6, 3-4 Big Sky) executed their triple-option attack to the tune of 465 offensive yards and stunned the visiting Bengals.

On the same day Eastern Washington beat UC Davis, setting up a potential four-way deadlock atop the league standings with ISU and Weber State, the Bengals took themselves out of the math.

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ISU MBB: Bengals rally to shock Boise State, 72-70

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The Idaho State men’s basketball team rallied from an 18-point, second-half deficit to down Boise State 72-70 Saturday at Taco Bell Arena in Boise.

ISU’s Chidi Udengwu made two go-ahead free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining in the second half. Udengwu was fouled by Boise State’s David Wacker after a missed shot from ISU teammate Brandon Boyd.

Boise State had one last half-court heave at the buzzer, but came up empty.

“A rebounding foul with no time left is a tough way to go down, so you hope it was a good call,” Boise State coach Leon Rice told the Idaho Press. “If not, let’s go to overtime and finish it. I think they were pretty surprised they got that call. I would be if we got a rebounding call.”

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“Blackkklansman” at ISU Sunday

“Blackkklansman” will be shown this Sunday, Nov. 11, at 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. in the Bengal Theater at the ISU Pond Student Union. In this Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize winner, Ron Stallworth is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a mission to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan, recruiting a more seasoned colleague to join him in the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. The Associated Press writes, “It is an exhilarating, distressing, funny and profound film,” while the Chicago Sun-Times calls it, “One of Spike Lee’s most accomplished films in recent memory, and one of the best films of 2018.” Admission is $3 for the public, $2 for ISU staff and free for ISU students with Bengal ID. For trailer and more information, go to
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ISU XC: Bengals’ seasons end at Mountain Regionals

The Idaho State men’s and women’s cross country teams concluded their 2018 seasons at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships on Friday in Provo, Utah.

The men’s team finished in 12th place, with Wyatt Didericksen crossing the finish line first for the Bengals in 30 minutes, 22.6 seconds for 38th place. The women’s team finished 17th. Rachel McGovern finished first for the Bengals in 21:19.8, good for a 53rd-place finish.

“We came here and did things that we wanted to accomplish,” ISU coach Nate Houle said. “It wasn’t a perfect day, but I was happy with it. We had some good individual performances that stood out to me, and it’s good to see those as well.”

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ISU WBB: Bengals go cold in 71-46 loss at Arizona

Idaho State fell to Arizona 71-46 in front of 1,226 fans at the McKale Center on Friday in Tucson, Arizona. The Bengals had a strong defensive showing, forcing 23 turnovers with seven steals, but struggled in the offensive half of the court.

“I think at times, our defense was great,” Bengals coach Seton Sobolewski said. “Two out of those four quarters, it was really good. We started off the game really well in the first half in terms of our defense. … We just really struggled on offense today. We had a lot of great open looks and didn’t make many of them.”

Saylair Grandon was the only Idaho State player to eclipse 10 points with 17 on the night. The senior also had a team-high seven rebounds and 37 minutes of play. Callie Bourne and Madison Hinrichs both had nine points and combined for nine rebounds. Grace Kenyon followed with seven points and six boards.

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ISU MBB: Bengals continue season Saturday at in-state foe Boise State

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Idaho State tested its new players Tuesday in the 2018-19 opener at Gonzaga.

The Bengals fell 120-79 to the third-ranked Bulldogs, tying for the third-most points ISU has allowed in a game in program history. It is also the Bengals’ most lopsided loss since an 87-35 defeat at Oregon in 2012.

But it wasn’t all bad for ISU. The Bengals had a positive assist-to-turnover ratio, and multiple players made their Bengals debuts.

ISU (0-1) continues its season Saturday at Boise State. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. from Taco Bell Arena.

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ISU volleyball: Bengals handle Portland State in 3-0 sweep

Idaho State dominated Portland State in the Bengals’ return to Reed Gym on Thursday. The Bengals trounced the Vikings 25-17 in each of the three sets and collected their ninth 3-0 sweep of the season.

Abby Garrity and Nicole Lee topped ISU’s kill chart with 12 and 11, respectively. Garrity also added an assist, two aces, seven digs and a block.

Brooke Pehrson was errorless on the attack with eight kills on 15 attempts to lead all players with a .533 hitting percentage. She also led Idaho State with six block assists.

Chelsea Johnson collected 35 assists while hitting .500 and collecting three block assists. Haylie Keck was the only ISU player to reach double-digit digs with 11.

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