Idaho State basketball splits against Weber State

The Idaho State men’s basketball team survived a late-game scare to beat Weber State 62-60 Saturday night in Ogden, Utah.

Up four with a minute to go, the Bengals halted the Wildcats’ late-game surge to advance to 6-6 on the season and 1-0 in Big Sky Conference play.

With about 18 seconds left in regulation, Jerrick Harding scored on a contested layup to make it 62-60. Idaho State missed two-straight free throws, but on the ensuing possession, Harding turned the ball over with 5.7 seconds left.

Idaho State would miss its third free throw with four seconds left in regulation, but a half court heave by Ryan Richardson was no good at the buzzer.

Harding, the leading scorer in the Big Sky Conference, finished with a game-high 27 points. Jared Stutzman led Idaho State with 17 points, six rebounds and three assists.

The Bengals’ Brandon Boyd added 15 points in the win.

Idaho State (6-6, 1-0 Big Sky Conference) will play Southern Utah at Holt Arena on Thursday.

Idaho State women’s basketball drops a close one to Weber State

Weber State beat Idaho State in Pocatello Saturday evening 76-70 to snap the Bengals’ three-game winning streak and hand them their first conference-opening loss since 2016.

Four Bengals scored 10 or more points, led by senior Brooke Blair’s 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Saylair Grandon added 14 points and Grace Kenyon and sophomore Estefania Ors both had double-doubles. Kenyon had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Ors had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Weber State held a 12-point lead with 8:04 left in regulation, as Idaho State used a 20-11 run to cut its deficit to three with about two minutes left. The Wildcats then responded with a 7-4 run to close out the game and hand the Bengals their first loss since Dec. 3.

Jaiamoni Welch-Coleman led all scorers with a career-high 20 points. Weber State (9-3, 1-0 Big Sky Conference) led at halftime, 34-30.

Idaho State (8-4, 0-1) continues conference play next week with road games at Southern Utah (6:30 p.m., Jan. 4) and at Northern Arizona (5 p.m., Jan. 6).