After a slow start for both sides Idaho took over and never looked back, cruising to the 82-52 victory over Western Michigan on the road. The Vandals will now make the return trip to the Gem State to take on UC Irvine in Boise on Thursday night.
Both teams got out to slow starts, but it was Idaho that got things going midway through the first half. The Vandals would slowly build its lead to double-digits before a quick run from WMU made it 20-14 with 4:47 to play in the half. Idaho would take over from there, going on an 11-0 run before a late bucket from WMU made it 31-16 at the half.
The Vandals kept up the momentum into the second half, starting on an 8-0 run to continue building its lead. The lead stayed in the 20’s for most of the half, surging to 30-plus at times.
Idaho was incredible offensively after the opening minutes, finishing the night at 56.7% (17-of-30) from beyond the arc and 50% (28-of-56) from the floor. Idaho was also dominant on the glass, outrebounding WMU 45-29.
The defense was tremendous as well, holding Western Michigan to 34.4% (21-of-61) from the floor and 21.4% (6-of-28) from deep. The point guards, Perrion Callandret and Trevon Allen, did an exceptional job defending Thomas Wilder, one of the top players in the MAC. The Vandals held Wilder to 4-of-18 shooting and just eight points, only the second time in two years that he’s gone for fewer than 10 points.
Victor Sanders led the way for Idaho with 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting. He also made six 3-pointers, tying his season-high. Brayon Blake added 19 points, connecting on all five of his 3-point attempts.
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