O'Neil Scores 18 Against Vandals
Feb. 15, 2008
Jordan Brooks scored a game-high 25 points, including nine in overtime, and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Vandals.
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.
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.
Head Coach Steve Cleveland
"Certainly this is a very disappointing loss. We had the game under control but then we got to the point when we couldn't get stops and couldn't score on the other end. We had our chances to win this game and in this league on the road, you can't let these kinds of games get away."
"We can't dwell on this game at all. Boise State is next and they took care of Nevada tonight. They've played very well at home this season. We have to regroup and get ready for the Broncos."
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