ISU WBB: Bengals fall short in 60-59 loss at Montana

Idaho State battled back from an early 13-point deficit, but fell just short in a 60-59 loss at Montana on Saturday.

The Bengals, down 60-57, charged down the court and settled for a 2-point shot in the final second of the game before the Grizzlies inbounded to secure the win.

“Our intentions were very good and we wanted to play hard and make things happen,” ISU coach Seton Sobolewski. “I don’t know if our effort and energy was consistent. I thought we had a lot of defensive lapses of energy and just focus where we gave up really simple easy stuff.”

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ISU MBB: Another one bites the Bengals, who fall 80-68 to Montana

Alonzo Walker Montana

POCATELLO — It’s the same story for Idaho State.

The opponent changes, as does the date, and the final score is never the same. But the end result is on repeat.

The Bengals let another lead slip away Saturday, after they were exposed defensively and had more cold shooting streaks than hot ones on offense. Big Sky Conference-leading Montana showed itself as just that and beat ISU 80-68 at Reed Gym.

Saturday’s loss was ISU’s third in a row, and the Bengals led by at least five points in each game.

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Sundance Film Festival Winner on Sunday at ISU

Grand Jury Prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” plays this Sunday, Feb. 17, at 4:30 & 7:00 p.m. in the Bengal Theater at ISU’s Pond Student Union. Chloe Grace Moretz stars as the young woman who is forced into a gay conversion therapy clinic and who struggles to find herself and understand her identity while making friends along the way. The Seattle Times calls it, “A soulful, courageous heart of a film that exalts the strength of human dignity.” 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 football: Bengals hire Michael Philipp as offensive line coach

Michael Philipp

Idaho State announced Thursday that Michael Philipp has been hired as its new offensive line coach.

Philipp replaces Roman Sapolu, who coached the Bengals’ offensive line for one season (2018) before accepting a job at Fresno State in January.

Philipp comes to Idaho State after serving as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Long Beach Poly High School in Long Beach, California, according to an ISU-issued news release. Philipp also spent three seasons (2015-17) at Nebraska as assistant director of player personnel, graduate manager and quality control coach, per the release. Philipp and Sapolu coached together at Nebraska and played together at Oregon State.

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ISU WBB: Bengals’ defense strong again in 62-49 win at Montana State

MSU Women's Hoops v. Idaho State (copy)

Idaho State limited Montana State to a season-low 40 field goal attempts and shot 47.9 percent from the field to claim a 62-49 victory Thursday in MSU’s Worthington Arena. The Bengals are now 16-7 overall and 11-3 in Big Sky Conference play, while the Bobcats fell to 12-12 and 7-7 in conference play.

Eight Idaho State players tallied both points and a rebound in the game as the team shot 23 for 48 overall. The Bengals were also 7 for 16 from 3-point range. Meanwhile, Montana State was able to secure just 15 field goals and three long range baskets.

Idaho State tallied 12 steals for the second time this season to match its 2018-19 best and forced 17 turnovers while collecting 15 assists.

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ISU MBB: Bengals’ late-game woes persist in 84-76 loss to Montana State

Brandon Boyd Montana State

POCATELLO — At halftime, Idaho State had a two-point lead and Montana State’s Harald Frey had five points.

By the final buzzer, MSU had an eight-point win and Frey rose to a team-high 21 points.

Frey’s second-half surge pushed the Bobcats to an 84-76 win Thursday at Reed Gym — the team’s fourth consecutive victory and second this season against ISU. Frey combined with Keljin Blevins, Ladan Ricketts and Tyler Hall to give MSU (12-12, 9-5 Big Sky Conference) four players with 17 or more points, as the team buried 13 3-pointers and assisted on 16 of 29 baskets.

“Montana State has got a really good team,” Bengals coach Bill Evans said. “They came out and played really, really well.”

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ISU MBB: Bengals return home to face streaking Montana, Montana State squads

Chier Maker Sacramento State

POCATELLO — Since Bill Evans took over Idaho State’s men’s basketball program in 2012, it seems no opponent, matchup or scenario has gotten in the way of success more than afternoon conference road games.

Evans and the Bengals have lost all 16 such contests, the latest coming Saturday at Southern Utah. The closest thing ISU has to an afternoon conference road win is a 75-65 victory at Southern Utah in 2014, but that game started at 5:05 p.m. Any noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. starts have been a losses.

Afternoon games are usually played on Saturdays, two days after a 7 p.m. game on a campus several hours away. This quick turnaround is another obstacle to hurdle to win, Evans said.

Evans used Saturday’s loss as an example. After ISU beat Northern Arizona on Thursday, the team left Flagstaff, Arizona, on Friday afternoon, bused five hours to Cedar City, Utah, and was given a shootaround time of 7 a.m. Saturday. A 10 a.m. breakfast and 2 p.m. tip followed.

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ISU won’t discipline head football coach Rob Phenicie after investigation

Rob Phenicie

POCATELLO — No disciplinary action will be taken against Idaho State University head football coach Rob Phenicie, the school determined after investigating claims of assault made against the head coach.

Phenicie was accused of angrily hammer-punching the shoulder pads of then-Bengals safety Jayson Miller during halftime of the team’s game Nov. 10, 2018, at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. ISU stated in a Tuesday news release that “the thorough investigation, launched immediately after receiving the complaint, found the allegations to be unsubstantiated. No disciplinary actions will be taken against the coach related to this matter.”

“We are committed to the safety and well-being of all our students,” ISU President Kevin Satterlee said in the press release. “Idaho State University took these allegations very seriously, and we will always take steps to ensure a thorough and complete investigation informs our actions in these matters. When we identify areas of the university that need to be improved, we will always take that as an opportunity to provide a better environment for our students.”

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