Vandals fall at Vikings
PORTLAND, Ore. — Idaho men’s basketball struggle to get going on Saturday night, falling to Portland State, 69-53, in a Big Sky matchup.
The Vandals got out to a strong start, led by Trevon Allen with a pair of early 3-pointers. The score would remain close, with Khadim Samb leveling the game at 18 apiece with 11:03 to play in the first.
The Vikings went on a run from there, scoring the next 14 points over nearly seven minutes to build their lead. Cameron Tyson would end the run with a 3-pointer late in the half, but the Vandals would trail at the break, 40-23.
Portland State kept things going into the second half, keeping the Vandals at bay throughout. The Vikings would go on to earn the win, 69-53.
Scott Blakney had a strong night, finishing with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Trevon Allen . Allen scored eight points early for the Vandals early and helped engage the offense. He finished the night with 12 points, three rebounds and five assists, while committing just one turnover.
Idaho falls to 4-15 on the year, including 1-7 in Big Sky play.
The Vandals won the second half, 30-29.
Idaho shot 38.2 percent (21-of-55) from the floor and 26.1 percent (6-of-23) from beyond the arc. Portland State finished the night 23-of-53 (43.4%) from the floor and 9-of-26 (34.6%) from deep.
THE QUOTES – Don Verlin
“They got to the offensive glass there in the first half. That was the key, and it was mainly their guards. I thought Scott Blakney did a good job keeping their big guy off the glass, but it was their guards.”
“That’s a little bit of our problem, we’re so thin that it’s next man up, and we haven’t been able to when a starter gets in foul trouble. It really makes it difficult on our team.”
Idaho returns home to take on Northern Arizona at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2. Check back with GoVandals.com this week for more information.
Portland State is next up for the Vandals, on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Check back with GoVandals.com tomorrow for more information.
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