Vandals Grind Out Win Against Southern Utah

Vandals Grind Out Win Against Southern Utah
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Idaho stuck to its winning ways on Thursday night, topping Southern Utah 80-76 on the road to move to 4-2 in Big Sky play.

THE GAME

The Vandals built their lead early in the first, doubling up the Thunderbirds at 24-12 with eight minutes to go in the half. Idaho was tremendous from beyond the arc in the first half, connecting on 7-of-12 from range. Idaho would stay consistent to close out the frame, leading 38-26 at the break.

Idaho would stay up by double-digits for the majority of the second half, but Southern Utah made a comeback late. The Thunderbirds cut the deficit to one point on a few occasions late, but the Vandals stayed poised down the stretch with some clutch 3-pointers from Chad Sherwood and Victor Sanders to seal the 80-76 win.

Idaho shot 53 percent on the night (28-of-53) and 57 percent (12-of-21) from beyond the arc. The Vandals also won the battle-of-the-boards, 31-29.

THE NAME

Perrion Callandret. After coming up scoreless on Friday night at EWU, Callandret responded with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting on Thursday night. He connected on 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and grabbed five boards to go along with five assists.

THE NOTES

Idaho moves into a tie for second in the Big Sky Conference at 4-2. Southern Utah moves to 1-5. The win is Idaho’s fourth straight over Southern Utah.

Blake recorded his sixth double-double of the season with game-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Idaho is 5-1 in games that he records a double-double this season.

The 80 points by the Vandals are the most in a Big Sky game this season.

Idaho hit 10-plus 3’s for the seventh time this season. Idaho is 5-2 in those games.

Idaho has now outrebounded its opponent in all six Big Sky games this season.