Idaho won a double overtime game against Montana Thursday night, closing regulation on a 10-1 run to force the overtime, and then hit timely 3-pointers to earn the 92-87 win at Memorial Gym.
The 1,500 fans in paid attendance in Moscow were loud and supportive in the confine of old Memorial Gym.
“That was crazy,” senior guard Mike Scott said after the game. “That was probably one of the craziest games I’ve played in my life. And I thank the crowd for that because we needed it. They gave us the confidence to win that game.”
Scott put the Vandals up for good, 75-72, with a 3-pointer with 3:51 left in the second OT. Connor Hill followed with a long 2-pointer and a 3-pointer.
Scott had earlier sent the game into overtime with two free throws to tie the game at 58-58.
Hill scored 23 points and Scott added 18 to lead the Vandals to the win. Arkadiy Mkrtchyan had 15 points, nine from the free throw line. Sekou Wiggs (12) and Perrion Callandret (11) also broke into double figures for the Vandals.
Idaho improved to 12-14 overall, 7-9 in the Big Sky, and remained in the post-season playoff picture.
The Idaho victory not only ended Montana’s five-game winning streak, but it dropped the Griz to third place in the Big Sky with a 12-4 record.
Of Idaho, Montana coach Travis DeCuire said in a press release, “I knew this team was good. I told everybody that. This is a team that, you can’t look at their record, they’re better than their record. Mike Scott is the best point guard in the league, and if we don’t contain him we’re going to struggle, and he had his way with us tonight.”
Montana senior Jordan Gregory scored a career-high 36 points; 23 of those points came in the 10 minutes of overtime.
The Vandals close out the home schedule with a 1:00 p.m. PT game against Montana State Saturday at Memorial Gym.
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Posted February 27, 2015