Jahmar Young scored a season-high 32 points as the Aggie men's basketball team was victorious 75-72 over the Idaho Vandals on Monday night. It was a back and forth affair from the start as the Vandals took a quick 4-1 lead just under two minutes into the game but the Aggies would hold a three point lead at 11-8 with 15:05 left in the first half. Idaho would go on an 8-0 to take a 16-11 lead with 13:27 left in the half. The Aggies would tie the game at 18 with 10:13 left in the half. However, Idaho would respond with a 12-4 run and extend their lead to eight points at 30-22 with 6:24 left to play in the half. The Aggies would once again chip away at the lead and finished the half on an 14-4 run to take a two point advantage into the break. The Aggies shot 45.2 percent from the floor in the first half hitting 14-of-31 attempts. They hit 4-of-11 three point attempts and were just 4-of-8 from the free throw line in the first half.
The second half started with an Aggie bucket as they quickly extended their lead to four points at 38-34. Idaho's Steffan Johnson knocked down a three to cut the lead to one at 38-37 but the Aggies answered with an 9-4 run to push their lead back out to six points at 47-41. The Vandals would tie the game at 49 midway through the second half and the teams battle back and forth trading the lead back and forth over the next four minutes. With the game tied at 56 with 5:38 left to play, Jahmar Young buried a three pointer to give the Aggies a three point lead.
With the lead just two at 69-67 and the game hanging in the balance with under 30 seconds remaining the Aggies would go 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 27 seconds to seal the game.
Jahmar Young's 32 points were one shy of his career-high 33 which he set against Boise State during his freshman season. Young finished the game 11-of-18 from the field hitting two three pointers and he was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line including four clutch free throws during the final 27 seconds. Young also finished with two assists, two rebounds and two steals. Jonathan Gibson added 18 points for the Aggies as he finished the game 6-of-16 from the field and 3-of-9 from three point distance. He was just 3-of-5 from the free throw line but hit a pair of crucial free throws with 13 seconds left to give the Aggies a six point lead. Wendell McKines and Hamidu Rahman each finished with 10 rebounds, McKines grabbed six offensive boards while Rahman corralled six defensive boards.
Mac Hopson led the way for Idaho with 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting and he was 5-of-6 from the free throw stripe. The Vandals attempted just 12 three pointers on the game hitting six, four in the second half. Idaho shot just 38.5 percent in the second half while the Aggies shot 45.2 percent in the second half. The Aggies were just 2-of-12 from behind the three point arc in the second half while Idaho was 4-of-7. The Vandals stayed in the game from the free throw stripe as they shot 31 free throws, 19 in the second half. The Vandals came into the game hitting just 54.1 percent of their free throws in league play but hit 71 percent for the game. The Aggies hit 9-of-12 free throw attempts in the second half including their perfect 6-for-6 performance in the final 27 seconds.
The Vandals outrebounded the Aggies 38-35 but the Aggies won the turnover battle as they committed just 10 turnovers to Idaho's 16. Each team finished with four blocked shots and the Aggies had six steals to Idaho's three.
The Aggies improve to 3-1 in league play and 10-7 overall while Idaho drops to 1-3 in league play and 8-7 overall.
The Aggies return home on Saturday for their final home game during the month of January as they host Fresno State who is 3-0 in league play after defeating San Jose State 80-70 on Monday night.