CHENEY, Wash. — Idaho men's basketball held off an Eastern Washington comeback in a 74-71 at Reece Court on Thursday.
The Vandals got off to a hot start and at one point led by 24 points in the second half. Eastern Washington stormed back to make this a game.
With four seconds to go, the Eags trimmed the Idaho lead down to two on a Jacob Davison layup. EWU fouled on the ensuing Idaho inbounds pass. If Idaho's Chance Garvin made two free throws, the game was all but over.
The pressure was on though, as Idaho had missed six straight free throws within 34 seconds before Garvin stepped to the charity stripe.
He missed the first free throw. Then he made the second one to put Idaho up three.
Eastern Washington had one last chance to tie it. Kim Aiken Jr. received an inbounds pass near half court and heaved up a prayer.
It didn't come close and Idaho held on for the 74-71 win.
The Vandals were led by senior guard Trevon Allen who scored 31 points and 11 rebounds.
Eastern Washington is now a game and a half behind Montana at the top of the Big Sky conference standings. The Griz also have the tiebreaker on the Eags by way of season series sweep.
EWU's next game is on Saturday in a road contest against Portland State. Idaho's next game is also on the road against Portland State, but not until February 17.