Nicholls rolls in dominant victory over Idaho State, 70-51

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Santa Clara, Calif. — After kick-starting the 2020-21 season with an offensive explosion Wednesday evening against UC Davis, the Nicholls State University men’s basketball program followed up with a defensive lockdown in an impressive victory over Idaho State, leveling the Bengals in game two of the Bronco Invitational by a 70-51 margin Friday evening at the Leavey Center.

The Red & Gray defense shined all throughout the contest as consistent pressure resulted in a season-high 28 turnovers for Idaho State (0-2, 0-0 Big Sky), allowing for 36 points on the other end for the Colonels off said giveaways. Once again, senior Kevin Johnson set the tone defensively behind six steals — good for a tie of his career-high — while the remainder of the club tallied seven collectively, leading to a significant 13-to-1 margin between Nicholls and Idaho State for the category.

On the scoreboard, redshirt junior Ty Gordon put in another team-best as he posted his second double-digit performance in just two games donning the Red & Gray, dropping a game-high 16 points in the win. Fellow redshirt junior Najee Garvin rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 points while seniors Kevin Johnson and Ryghe Lyons each added nine apiece.

— For the game, Nicholls (2-0, 0-0 SLC) finished shooting 46.4 percent (26-of-56) from the field, 50.0 percent (7-of-14) from beyond the arc and 61.1 percent (11-of-18) at the free throw line.
— With the victory, the Colonels improve to 2-0 for the first time since the 1994-95 season, where the Red & Gray started things off with wins over Louisiana Tech (90-85) and Louisiana Christian (103-61).
— Nicholls saw one more collegiate debut against Idaho State, as freshman G Quinn Strander grabbed some playing time near the end of regulation. Sophomore Tyrease Terrell also earned his first minutes of the season late in the game as well.
— In addition to his nine points and six steals, Kevin Johnson also dished out six assists, good for just over half of the Colonels’ 11 on the night.
— Notably, redshirt senior Damien Sears put in a solid effort in just his second game with the program, pulling down a team-best six boards and adding on eight points.

The Red & Gray turn their attention to the Bronco Invitational finale against host and fellow undefeated Santa Clara, battling the Broncos on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. CT.

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