Idaho 105, Sioux Falls 97 (F)
BOISE, Idaho, April 3, 2007 – Ronell Taylor scored a game-high 26 points on 11-for-18 shooting, en route to a 105-97 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce at Qwest Arena. Taylor got a quick start with 10 points in the first quarter.
The win, coupled with a Colorado loss to Fort Worth, pushes Idaho ahead in the Western Division standings by three games and gives them a league-best 30-16 record on the season. With the loss, Sioux Falls drops to one game behind the Dakota Wizards in the Eastern Division standings.
Sioux Falls’ biggest lead came very early, when forward Amir Johnson’s lay-up put the Skyforce up four points with five minutes left in the first quarter. The Stampede then went on a 15-0 run at the end the first quarter and beginning of the second, capped by an Eric Williams hook shot to put Idaho ahead 29-18 with 11 minutes remaining in the half. The Stampede’s biggest lead of 13 points came with six minutes left in the second quarter on a DeSean Hadley jump shot. Skyforce forward Antywane Robinson’s three-point basket, and two free throws by guard Robert Hite cut Idaho’s lead to 47-44 going into halftime.
With 8:04 left in the game, the Stampede were ahead 87-83 and held Sioux Falls to one Antonio Meeking dunk in four minutes, pushing their lead to eleven.
Sioux Falls committed 20 turnovers, translating into 25 points for Idaho, while the Stampede turned the ball over only 12 times, giving up seven points.
Led by Taylor, Idaho had five players in double digit scoring. Lance Allred had his third double double in four games with 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Randy Livingston had his eleventh double double of the season with 11 points and 10 assists. Eddie Robinson pitched in 17 points and DeSean Hadley added 13 points and 7 rebounds off the bench.
Stephen Graham led Sioux Falls with 20 points, while Detroit Pistons assignee Johnson added 19 points and seven rebounds. Forward Damone Brown added 15 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
The Skyforce continue their long, regular season-ending road trip at Arkansas on Friday, April 6 and at Dakota for an Eastern Division battle on Saturday, April 7. Idaho’s next two games are against division rival Colorado, with a home-and-home set in Broomfield, CO on Friday, April 6 and in Boise on Saturday, April 7.
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