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December 14, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Scouting report: Idaho State

Tomas Sanchez is Idaho State's leading scorer. (Scott Olmos - USA TODAY Sports)

Tomas Sanchez is Idaho State’s leading scorer. (Scott Olmos – USA TODAY Sports)

Scouting report: Idaho State
Game info: 1 p.m. Saturday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000 capacity).

TV: Pac-12 Networks (Aaron Goldsmith and Ernie Kent)
Radio: 950-AM KJR (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).

Record: 3-3.
2012-13 record: 6-24 overall, 5-15 (tied 10th in Big Sky).

Stats/schedule: Click here.

Game notes: Idaho State and Washington.

Coach: Bill Evans is 9-27 in his second season with the Bengals. Before joining ISU last season, he spent the previous four seasons as an assistant at Montana. Evans is in his 34th season as a head coach. He had a 183-189 during his tenure at Southern Utah (1992-2007). His overall record is 218-250.

Prediction: The Bengals were picked to finish last in the 11-team Big Sky preseason media poll.

Series: Washington leads 4-0 in a series that began Dec. 8, 1990.

Last meeting: Jon Brockman scored 21 points and collected 11 rebounds to lead the Huskies to an 82-50 win on Dec. 31, 2007. Tim Morris had 10 points, five rebounds and five assists. Venoy Overton and Justin Dentmon each added 10 points. Washington led 39-25 at halftime and outscored the Bengals 43-25 in the second half.

Previous game: The Bengals lost 74-66 at Utah on Tuesday. ISU led 37-28 at halftime, but was outscored 46-29 in the second half.


Tomas Sanchez, a Seattle native who played at Shorewood High, spent two years at Fresno City College before transferring to Idaho State last year. He played in 29 games last season and averaged 10.3 points and 3.3 rebounds. This season, Sanchez is considered an all-Big Sky candidate. He led the Bengals in scoring the past two games, including a 19-point performance against Utah. The 6-2 senior guard averages 16.2 points and 4.7 assists.

— Junior forward Chris Hansen scored a career-high 33 points during a 93-90 overtime win at San Francisco. He drained 5 of 11 three-pointers and was 12 of 20 from the field.

— Senior guard Andre Hatchett has two double doubles this season. The 6-4 guard leads ISU with a 7.7 rebounding average. He also scores 13.7 points per game. Hatchett is also adept on the defense perimeter where he averages 2.2 steals.


— Including the loss at Utah, Idaho State has played two Pac-12 teams and lost 88-60 to Arizona State. Washington has two wins against Big Sky teams, Eastern Washington (92-80) and Montana (83-79).

— The Bengals snapped a 22-game road losing streak last month with a win at San Francisco.

— Idaho State is second in the nation in steals per game at 11.4 and 65th in scoring at 79.6 points per game.

— Idaho State returns four starters. The Bengals have used the same starters in every game.


C – Ayibakuro Preh, 6-9, 218, Sr., 2.2 ppg., 3.3 rbg., 1.7 bpg.
F – Jeff Solarin, 6-4, 210, Jr., 10.3, 7.0, 58.7 FG%
F – Chis Hansen, 6-4, 220, Jr., 15.7, 4.3, 1.8 apg.
G – Andre Hatchett, 6-4, 185, Sr., 13.7, 7.7, 2.2 spg.
G – Tomas Sanchez, 6-3, 185, Sr., 16.2, 2.8, 4.7 apg.

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