Courtesy: Ilya Pinchuk (Moscow, Idaho)
|Vandals host WWU on Saturday|
Game 9: Idaho (3-5) vs. Walla Walla University (2-15)
When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 (7:05 p.m. PT)
Where: Moscow, Idaho (Cowan Spectrum)
Radio: Vandal Radio Network/VandalXtra
Online Video: VandalXtra
Live Stats: www.GoVandals.com
A Look at the Wolves
Walla Walla is 2-15 this season, but comes into the game with wins in two of its last three outings. WWU is an NAIA Division II school with wins over Pacific University (Ore.) and Montana Tech. WWU averages 56.7 points per game on 38.1 percent shooting, while opponents are hitting 42.4 percent of their shots and averaging 77.1 points per contest.
The Vandal men suffered a slow start for a second-consecutive game in the second half, but this time could not overcome a large deficit. Idaho trailed by 18 points with 12 minutes to play and put together a 17-2 scoring run, but couldn’t get over the hump in a 64-60 loss at UTEP. After starting the season 1-4, Idaho has won two of its last three games.
Readers as Leaders
Saturday's game is the Readers as Leaders kickoff game. Local students wearing their Readers as Leaders shirt will receive free attendance, while accompanying parents can purchase $5 general admission tickets. The program, which is in its fifth year, is based upon individual reading goals set by local elementary school teachers. Those students who reach their goals receive a Readers as Leaders t-shirt that gives them free admission to all Idaho basketball home games. Students who attain special Silver and Gold reading levels will be entered into drawings for prizes at the Mar. 9 home basketball game against Seattle U.
Toys For Tots Drive
Saturday's basketball game also will feature a Toys For Tots drive. Fans who bring a new, unopened toy to the game will receive a $5 general admission ticket ($10 normal cost). Fans may also bring a toy to the Idaho Ticket Office the week of the game and receive the discounted ticket.
Vandals vs. Wolves
This is the first meeting between Idaho and Walla Walla, which is an NAIA Division II Independent.
Grab Those Boards
Rebounding has always been a strong point in the four-plus years of the Don Verlin era at Idaho. On Dec. 6 at Eastern Washington, the Vandal men took it to another level. Idaho outrebounded EWU by a 55-34 margin. Idaho had more offensive rebounds (21) in the game than EWU had defensive boards (19). The 55 total rebounds are the most since Feb. 5, 1998, when the team grabbed 63 boards in an 85-72 win over North Texas. The 21 offensive rebounds are the most since Feb. 4, 2004, when Idaho had 26 O-boards in a 75-59 win over Idaho State.
He’s just a sophomore, but guard Connor Hill has no hesitation to take big shots - and make them. He’s shooting 46 percent from 3-point range this season and already has nine games in his career with three or more made 3-pointers, including a career-high six earlier this season at New Mexico. At his current pace, he has a chance to crack Idaho’s career top-five in 3-pointers made, without even coming close to breaking the top-10 in career attempts. His career .407 percentage would rank fifth all-time at Idaho.
Hill For Four! (Again!)
Sophomore guard Connor Hill earned and converted his first career four-point play in overtime on Dec. 6 at Eastern Washington. It was so much fun that he decided to do it again in the very next game on Dec. 8 at UTEP. That marked the first time in Idaho history that a player has converted a four-point play in consecutive games.
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