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Justin Prax
Men's Basketball 12/19/2023 11:11:00 AM Ryan Cheney, ISU Sports Information

Bengals Travel to Corvallis For a Clash With the Beavers

POCATELLO, Idaho- The Bengals men's basketball team will be back action this Thursday, December 21st, traveling to Corvallis, Oregon to face off with the Oregon State University Beavers at 5 pm MT. This will be the second-ever meeting between Idaho State and Oregon State. The Beavers took home the win in the two programs' first contest against one another way back in the 2007-08 season in Corvallis, 56-41.

Oregon State (7-3)
Home (7-0), Away (0-0), Neutral (0-3)
ISU Recent Series vs. Oregon State
11/23/2007 A L 41 - 56

Oregon State is coming off of a 66-65 win vs UTSA and are winners of their last 4 in a row

Southern Utah University Recap

Idaho State looked strong to begin the contest. Storming to an 8-2 lead just 3:30 into the game. However, the Thunderbirds wouldn't go down without a fight, answering the Bengals hot start with a 20-6 run over the next 10 minutes. The Thunderbirds forced the Bengals to commit eight turnovers during this run and would take a 24-16 lead with 7:04 left to play in the first half. The Bengals would whittle the Thunderbird lead down to just one after a Gavin Gilstrap layup with 1:27 remaining in the half, but Southern Utah close the half on a 6-0 run and take a 33-26 advantage into the halftime break.

In the second half for every Bengal comeback attempt the Thunderbirds had a response. Not allowing Idaho State to come closer than seven points the rest of the game. Southern Utah would maintain a double-digit lead for most of the half, and go on to defeat Idaho State by a final score of 82-74. Following the loss, the Bengals fall to 4-6 on the year and SUU will get back in the win column, moving their record to 3-6 this season.

The big man tandem of Kiree Huie and Brayden Parker led the way for the Bengals tonight, Huie tying his season-high with 20 points making a career-high 10-of-13 field goals, while also tallying five rebounds, and two blocks. Parker would go on to put up 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, six rebounds, and one steal. Miguel Tomley was the other Bengal in double figures tonight, totaling 12 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Maleek Arington finished the game with six points, three rebounds, five assists, and two steals, and the final starter for the Bengals tonight, Isaiah Griffin, had eight points, five rebounds, and one steal. Off the bench for ISU Kolton Mitchell finished with three points, one assist, and one steal in nine minutes played, Trent Johnson put up four points, two rebounds, and one assist in 17 minutes, and Gavin Gilstrap had two points and a season-high three rebounds in six minutes of action.

The Bengals finished the game shooting 57.4 percent from the field, their second highest shooting percentage in a game this season, and 35.7 percent from three-point land, going 5-of-14 from beyond the arc. The Bengals tallied 11 assists, 33 rebounds, and 4 steals.

Southern Utah finished the game shooting 53.2 percent from the field and 21.1 percent from three-point territory. The Thunderbirds led the Bengals in steals and assists tonight, as they finished with 16 assists and 8 steals to go along with their 27 rebounds in the game. SUU forced Idaho State to commit 19 turnovers, their second-highest turnover total in a game this year, leading to 20 Thunderbird points. Whereas the Bengals were only able to put up 11 points off of the 8 Southern Utah turnovers on the evening.

The Returning 8

3 Maleek Arington G So. 6-3 200 Auburn, WA
10 Miguel Tomley G So. 6-3 200 Surrey, BC
12 Turner Livingston F R-Fr. 6-4 195 Spokane, WA
13 AJ Burgin G Jr. 6-3 205 San Diego, CA
14 Jordan Hansen G So. 6-6 215 Seattle, WA
20 Briggs Ranstrom F R-Fr. 6-6 205 Eagle, ID
25 Brayden Parker C Gr. 6-8 250 Preston, ID
44 Louis Stormark C R-So. 6-9 250 Alleroed, Denmark                          

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0 Kolton Mitchell G Fr. 6-1 175 Coeur d' Alene, ID
4 Jaedyn Brown G Fr. 6-4 175 Pullman, WA
5 Laolu Kalejaiye G Fr. 6-0 160 Los Angeles, CA
15 Kiree Huie F Jr. 6-9 220 Grayson, GA
21 Isaiah Griffin F Jr. 6-6 210 Knightdale, NC
22 James Bodily G Fr. 6-3 200 Bancroft, ID
30 Evan Otten C Fr. 6-11 220 Redmond, OR
31 Trent Johnson F Jr. 6-7 205 Cambridge, ON
32 Gavin Gilstrap C Jr. 6-11 270 Spokane, WA

Bengal Bites

  • Brayden Parker is now T-6th on the ISU career Blocks list with 85, tying ISU great Jim Potter after recording 2 blocks in the Bengals game against Fresno State on Dec. 5th
  • Brayden Parker now sits at 961 career points, just 39 shy of the 1,000-career point mark. Something just 24 other Bengals have ever done
  • Kiree Huie is 4th in the Big Sky in Blocks (12) & 3rd in BPG (1.2)
  • Brayden Parker is 5th in the Big Sky in Blocks (11) & BPG (1.1)
  • Brayden Parker and Kiree Huie lead the Big Sky in Field Goal Percentage
    • Parker is tops in the conference, shooting 66.2% (13th in the country)
    • Huie is second in the Big Sky, shooting 57.3% (58th in the country)
  • Maleek Arington is 2nd in the Big Sky in Assists (38) & 3rd in APG (3.8)
  • Maleek Arington is 2nd in the Big Sky in Steals (18) & SPG (1.8)
  • ISU leads the Big Sky & are 45th in the country in Field Goal Percentage (48.4%)
  • The Bengals 3-point defense is picking up where they left off last season, stifling their opponents from beyond-the-arc, holding them to just 27.6% when attempting 3-pointers (2nd in the Big Sky & 18th in the nation)
  • Idaho State is 2nd the Big Sky & are 52nd in the nation in Scoring Defense (65.2)

Looking Ahead

Following their contest in Corvallis the Bengals will return home to Reed Gym to open up their slate of Big Sky Conference games, hosting Montana State on Thursday, December 28th at 7 pm and the University of Montana on Saturday, December 30th at 4 pm.

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