|Vandals hit the road|
MOSCOW, Idaho – After playing five of its last six games at home, the Idaho men’s basketball team hits the road for two games this week, beginning with a 7 p.m. tip off at Bakersfield on Feb. 13.
Idaho is coming off back-to-back Western Athletic Conference wins, leaving the Vandals 10-14 overall and 4-6 in league play. The Roadrunners are 9-14 on the season and 2-7 in the WAC.
Idaho senior Stephen Madison is coming off his fourth WAC Player of the Week honor of the season as he averaged 23.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in Idaho’s two home wins last week. The Portland, Ore., native has scored 20 or more points in five of his last six games.
The ‘Runners are 0-4 at home in WAC play but despite their .222 league winning percentage, they own just a -2.4 scoring margin, with four of their seven losses coming by a single possession, including a 64-61 loss to Idaho on Jan. 18. Issiah Grayson leads CSUB with 16.0 points and 4.0 assists per game, and those numbers swell to 19.3 points and 4.3 assists in WAC games.
In a see-saw battle, Idaho erased a seven-point second-half deficit for a 64-61 win over the ‘Runners in Moscow on Jan. 18. Two Idaho players, Madison and Mike Scott, scored 20 points in that game, and Connor Hill added 16 as the Vandals made 8-of-19 3s.
Idaho coach Don Verlin served as an assistant coach at Bakersfield from 1992-94.
The Vandals will visit Utah Valley on Feb. 15 before returning home for their final two home games of the season, hosting CSU Northridge on Feb. 18 and Grand Canyon on Feb. 22. Both games will be played in Memorial Gym.