PORTLAND, Ore. - It wasn’t quite coast-to-coast, but it was close, as Idaho cruised to a 97-88 win over Portland State on Thursday night.
Idaho jumped out to a quick lead before Portland State leveled the score at 24 midway through the first half. Just as they did on Saturday against North Dakota, the Vandals then went on a run, building a 48-37 lead at the break.
The hot shooting continued into the second half as Idaho built a 58-40 lead. The Vikings were able to cut the deficit to single digits on a number of occasions, but the Vandals were always ready to respond with clutch buckets from Victor Sanders, Brayon Blake and Arkadiy Mkrtychyan. Perrion Callandret, coming off the bench for the first time this season, provided some much needed offense in the clutch as well.
Idaho led for nearly 37 minutes on the night, and was up by double-digits for most of the second half. In the end, the Vandal offense proved to be too much for the Vikings, with Idaho taking the 97-88 victory.
Idaho shot 61.4 percent (35-of-57) on the night, including 47.8 percent (11-of-23) from beyond the arc. Idaho won the rebound battle, 35-32. Blake finished with a career-best 28, pacing the Vandals all night. Sanders had an excellent game as well, scoring 22 points to go along with five rebounds and seven assists.
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