Idaho 98, Bakersfield 89
BOISE, Idaho, Feb. 1 Ė The Idaho Stampede tied the D-League all-time record with their 15th consecutive win Friday night, rallying for a 98-89 victory over the Bakersfield Jam.
Idaho (20-50, which came in 16 games ahead of Bakersfield (5-24) in the standings, needed a 26-4 second-half run to tie the mark established by the Greenville Groove during the 2001-02 season. Idaho improved to 14-0 at home.
The Stampede can break the record Saturday, when they visit the Anaheim Arsenal.
Bakersfield shot over 52 percent from the field in the first half, building a 53-43 lead. Michael Cuffee scored 14 of his 16 points before halftime.
The Jam held a 53-43 halftime advantage and pushed the lead to 13 points in the third quarter before the Stampede began crashing the offensive glass. Idaho pulled down 20 offensive rebounds.
"Bakersfield played very well defensively," Stampede coach Bryan Gates said. "They did a lot of things on defense in the first half that didnít allow us to play our type of game."
Lance Allred's jump shot, a steal by Cory Violette and a jumper and alley-oop dunk by Brent Petway sparked the Stampede in the third quarter. Idaho took a 68-67 edge into the final period and pulled away, opening a 90-74 bulge on Mike Taylor's 3-pointer with 4:11 left.
"It took us a while to really get going," Gates said. "But I thought that we fought hard to come back and beat a much better team than their record would indicate."
Roberto Bergersen scored 22 points, Allred had 19 and 12 rebounds, Taylor added 15 and 10 assists and Seattle SuperSonics assignee Mouhamed Sene collected 14 points and 11 boards off the bench for Idaho, which had five scorers in double figures.
Mickeal Gelabale, in his first game on assignment from the SuperSonics, scored 12 points for the Stampede.
Bakersfield had all five starters in double figures. Scooter McFadgon scored 19 points, Nick Lewis added 17 and nine rebounds, Andre Barrett contributed 16 and eight assists and James Peters 13 and nine boards.
The Jam host the Dakota Wizards on Saturday night.