MOSCOW, Idaho - Victor Sanders had a key pair of 3s late in the second half and finished with 22 points to help Idaho beat Sam Houston State 63-54 on Saturday night.
Sanders made back-to-back 3-pointers followed by a trio of free throws at the end of a 15-2 run that gave the Vandals (2-1) a 57-47 lead with just over three minutes left. The Bearkats (2-1) cut the deficit to six, but Idaho made 6 of 8 free throws to secure the win.
Sam Houston State briefly took control early in the second half with a 17-6 run and led 44-38.
Nate Sherwood added 14 points and Perrion Callandret 12 for Idaho, which had a fast start to the game and led by as many as 13 before going into the break with a 30-27 edge.
Christopher Galbreath Jr. scored 20 and John Dewey III added 11 for Sam Houston State.