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Kyle Barone
Senior Night for four Vandals
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 03/08/2013
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Saturday is senior night for the Idaho men's basketball team and the four seniors are getting ready to play their last game in the Cowan Spectrum.

"The seniors would love to win their last game," Coach Don Verlin said. "All of our focus is on Seattle U because we don't know who we're going to play in the tournament."

The Vandals have locked up the sixth seed in the WAC tournament that will be played in Las Vegas next week.

"Every year it seems like we could win a game or two," said Senior Kyle Barone. "I truly believe that we have the team to win it."

Barone is from Garden Grove, Calif. and has played more games than anyone in program history. He is third in the WAC in scoring with 470 points on the season and an average of 16.8 per game and an amazing 58.7 field goal percentage this season. He also leads the conference in rebounding with a total of 274 and an average of 9.8 per game. Barone is in serious contention for WAC Player of the Year honors.

Another senior that will be leaving the Vandals is Mike McChristian from Fairfield, Calif. He has played all over the court for the Vandals this year and is 14th in the WAC in assists with 73 and an average of 2.6 per game.

"He has been a utility guy for us all the way through the season and he's a great defender," Verlin said. "I'm really proud of the way Mike has played and adjusted to me moving him around."

The third senior leaving this year is Mansa Habeeb out of Buffalo, N.Y.

"Mansa is a spirited worker and comes to work every single day," said Verlin. "He's a good defender and has really progressed with his scoring by getting the ball to the basket. I like his energy and excitement and enthusiasm he brings to the games."

The last senior leaving is Wendell Faines from Lincoln, Neb.

"Wendell is a big rebounder for us and has a big presence inside," said Verlin. "He has played a lot of solid game for us."

The Vandals close their season Saturday at the Cowan Spectrum at 7 p.m. versus Seattle U.

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