Memorial Gym was filled with Vandal dads to watch the Idaho men’s basketball team win 68-66 over UC Davis Saturday.
“Heck of a win,” said Idaho head coach Don Verlin in a press release. “Heck of a play there by Myles Franklin. First of all, Pat Ingram with the rebound there on that free throw and getting it to Myles so he can hit the open guy, and Jordan laying it in. What a great way to finish a great day for the University of Idaho, with football winning its eighth game and us getting a win over UC Davis.”
It was the final seconds of play that made the game.
Idaho held a three-point lead with 21 seconds to play when the Aggies earned a one-point lead from the charity stripe.
A foul by junior small forward Jordan Scott gave the Aggies a chance to tie the game.
Idaho called a timeout.
Aggies’ Brynton Lemar missed the free throw attempt. Senior point guard Pat Ingram rebounded and passed to freshman point guard Myles Franklin. Franklin lobbed the ball down to Scott, who laid the ball in for Idaho.
The Vandals (4-3) have a 3-1 record at home.
Throughout the first 20 minutes of play, the lead flipped back and forth between the two teams. The Vandals held the lead until the seventh minute of play. A run from the Aggies put UC Davis up 27-26 at the half.
Junior forward Brayon Blake earned 17 points during the game. Blake kicked off scoring in the second half with a layup to give Idaho the initial go-ahead. He earned 12 points in the second half.
Idaho dropped 8-20 from the free throw line. Only senior forward Ty Egbert made a pair in the 12th minute of the second half to cut the Aggies’ lead to one point.
Egbert scored 13 points in 14 minutes of play.
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