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Vandals win in last trip to Mac Court

by From wire and news services
| December 22, 2010 8:00 PM

EUGENE, Ore. - Brandon Wiley scored 14 points for Idaho and the Vandals held off Oregon's second-half rally to win 69-65 on Tuesday night.

Landon Tatum added 11 points for Idaho (6-5), which won the last nonconference game on Oregon's McArthur Court. The Ducks will move into Matthew Knight Arena in two weeks.

"As a team, we thought we let a couple get away in Seattle U and Montana, but we got one back tonight," Idaho coach Don Verlin said. "I couldn't be happier to come here and beat a program like this at a storied venue. It was loud, and I thought our guys really held their composure."

Joevan Catron led all scorers with 18 points for Oregon (7-5), which made just 7 of 29 3-point attempts and was outshot 61-32 percent in the first half and 49-34 percent overall.

Catron scored 14 in the second half, including eight straight at one point and the first six points in a 10-2 run that gave the Ducks a 55-54 lead - their first of the second half - with 9:38 to play.

Idaho went 7 for 8 from the free-throw line and eventually reclaimed the lead, 57-55, after a pair of foul shots by Stephen Madison. Deremy Geiger's 3-pointer two minutes later put the Vandals ahead 62-55.

Armstead made 1 of 2 free throws with 1:34 to play to cut the Ducks deficit to a basket, 64-62, but Wiley answered with a score inside and Oregon missed its next four shots as the Vandals built a 69-62 advantage in the final minute before Armstead hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Idaho returns to action Dec. 29 at home vs. New Mexico State in the Western Athletic Conference opener.

IDAHO (6-5)

Henderson 4-9 0-0 8, Wiley 5-10 4-7 14, Toledo 0-1 3-4 3, Ledbetter 3-6 0-0 8, Geiger 3-9 0-0 9, Tatum 3-6 5-8 11, Barone 4-4 0-0 8, Madison 1-2 5-6 8, Kammerer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-47 17-25 69.

OREGON (7-5)

Singler 4-11 2-2 11, Catron 6-12 6-6 18, Jacob 3-8 0-0 6, Armstead 3-9 1-2 10, Strowbridge 2-7 1-1 5, Fearn 0-0 0-0 0, Sim 2-6 0-0 5, Loyd 2-8 0-0 6, Williams 1-6 0-0 2, Nared 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 23-68 12-13 65.

Halftime_Idaho 40-35. 3-Point Goals_Idaho 6-13 (Geiger 3-6, Ledbetter 2-4, Madison 1-2, Henderson 0-1), Oregon 7-29 (Armstead 3-6, Loyd 2-4, Sim 1-5, Singler 1-6, Catron 0-1, Williams 0-2, Strowbridge 0-5). Fouled Out_Loyd. Rebounds_Idaho 35 (Wiley 6), Oregon 34 (Catron, Jacob, Singler 6). Assists_Idaho 14 (Tatum 3), Oregon 15 (Armstead, Singler 3). Total Fouls_Idaho 17, Oregon 18. A_6,635.

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