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Idaho Hangs On, Ends Reno’s Six-Game Winning Streak

Idaho 98, Reno 97

BOISE, Idaho, Jan.15, 2009 – Coby Karl posted 21 points and seven assists as the Idaho Stampede earned a 98-97 victory over the Reno Bighorns on Thursday. The Stampede remained unbeaten at home with the win while snapping Reno’s six-game winning streak.

Stampede forward Jason Ellis scored all eight of his points in the first quarter, helping the Stampede gain a 28-18 advantage at the end of one quarter. The Stampede continued to rally in the second, going on a 9-0 run at the beginning of the quarter to give them a 37-20 lead, their largest of the game. Reno answered back with a 10-0 run of its own to go into the break down 50-42.

Reno continued to chip away at the Stampede lead in the third quarter, led by Donte Greene, on assignment from the Sacramento Kings, who scored nine of his 16 points in the quarter. The Bighorns were able to cut the deficit to one point in the fourth quarter, on Patrick Ewing Jr.'s slam dunk with 2:33 remaining to cap a 7-2 run.

Gerry Hill-Thomas brought the game within one point again with 32 seconds left, but Reno was unable to get a shot off on its final possession of the game.

“I am really happy with the win and encouraged with Dwayne Jones’ great minutes played,” Stampede coach Bryan Gates said. “We couldn’t have done it without Luke (Jackson) and Coby (Karl) making great plays and Brent’s (Petway) strong defensive play.”

Idaho travels to Bakersfield on Sunday to take on the Jam. Reno heads home to host the Utah Flash.