Brooks leads Idaho over Fresno St. 79-74 in OT
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP)—Jordan Brooks scored a game-high 25 points, including nine in overtime, and grabbed 16 rebounds as Idaho defeated Fresno State 79-74 Thursday night.
The winning Vandals (6-17, 3-9 Western Athletic Conference) closed out regulation play with an 11-0 run to force overtime.
Mike Hall added 17 points for Idaho, including a deep 3-pointer with 1:11 left in overtime that gave Idaho a 72-70 edge.
Dwight O’Neil led Fresno State (11-14, 4-7) with 18 points. Eddie Miller and Alex Blair added 13 and 12, respectively, for the Bulldogs.
Fresno State built a 19-point first-half lead, 33-14, with the aid of a 9-0 run. Idaho responded with back-to-back Michael Crowell 3-pointers that highlighted a 12-6 Vandals’ run that closed the gap to 39-29 at halftime.
The Bulldogs connected on five 3-pointers in the first half, including two from O’Neil.
Fresno State maintained a comfortable lead through much of the second half until Idaho’s Mike Kale, who finished with 11 points, hit a hook shot with 5:23 left. The Bulldogs’ Nedeljko Golubovic hit a 3-pointer with 5:09 remaining in regulation, but that was Fresno State’s final basket until O’Neil hit a layup at the 4:34 mark in overtime.