Allen’s 32 points leads Idaho past E Washington 74-71
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Travon Allen scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Idaho upset Eastern Washington 74-71 on Thursday night after squandering most of a 24-point second-half lead.
The Vandals (7-17, 3-10 Big Sky Conference) made 5 of 10 3-pointers in the first half and bolted to a 41-23 lead as Eastern Washington shot just 29%.
Idaho pushed the lead to 49-25 less than three minutes into the second half. The Eagles quickly reeled off 12 points and turned that into a 20-4 run, closing within 53-45 with more than 10 minutes to go.
Eastern got within single digits twice but each time Allen led a rally and it was 72-60 at the 3:25 mark. Then Eastern scored nine straight to make it a one-possession game with 1:16 to go but couldn’t get a tying shot to go down.
Idaho plays at Portland State on Monday. Eastern Washington plays at Portland State on Saturday.