POCATELLO – Kelvin Jones scored seven points in the final 3 minutes to lift Idaho State past Idaho 70-68 in the Big Sky Conference regular-season finale Saturday night.
Idaho State advances to the Big Sky Conference Tournament as the No. 10 seed and will play a first-round game Wednesday against Southern Utah. Idaho is the No. 11 seed and will play at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday against Montana State.
Idaho State (11-18, 7-13) was down by nine points at intermission and trailed 51-35 after Jared Rodriguez scored at the basket for the Vandals with 16:17 left in the game. The Bengals ran off 10 straight points to cut the deficit to six and tied the game at 65 with 2:53 left when Jones hit two free throws. After trading baskets, Jones put Idaho State on top for good with two more free throws with just more than a minute to play.
Idaho scored 45 first-half points to take a 11-point lead but managed to score just 23 second-half points.
Jones finished with 14 points and seven rebounds off the Idaho State bench and Balint Mocsan added 13. Trevon Allen scored 20 points to lead Idaho (5-26, 2-18). Rodriguez added 14.
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