Idaho upsets top-seeded Utah Valley in WAC, 74-69

The Associated Press
Idaho upsets top-seeded Utah Valley in WAC, 74-69
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Idaho's Mike Scott, left, and Utah Valley's Holton Hunsaker chase a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college men's basketball game in the semifinals of the West Athletic Conference tournament Friday, March 14, 2014, in Las Vegas. Idaho won 74-69. (AP Photo/David Becker)

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Stephen Madison scored 25 points to help No. 5 seed Idaho knock off top-seeded Utah Valley State 74-69 Friday night and advance to the Western Athletic Conference Championship.

The Vandals (16-17) will play No. 2 seed New Mexico State (25-9) in the WAC finals Saturday. Mike Scott had 14 points and Connor Hill added 12.

Utah Valley (20-11) was led by Mitch Bruneel with 18 points. Holton Hunsaker had 14 of his 15 points in the first half.

Idaho used an 8-0 run in the second half to push their lead to 10, but the Wolverines climbed back within one with 4:04 remaining. The Vandals responded as Madison hit a jumper, Hill drained a 3-pointer and Sekou Wiggs added a layup to make it 70-64.

Keawe Enos hit a 3-pointer and Hunsaker followed with a steal, but Bruneel couldn't connect on a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left. Madison hit two free throws to ice it.