The Idaho Vandals trail New Mexico State 36-34 at halftime here in Moscow. A very spotty crowd inside Cowan Spectrum watched the Vandals build an eight-point lead, at 30-22, after seven straight points from Mac Hopson and a nice three-point play from Kashif Watson. But New Mexico State's quick-footed Jahmar Young and Jonathan Gibson are getting easy buckets off penetration and have combined for 20 points.
The Vandals have nine turnovers at the break, five of which have been charged to Steffan Johnson.
One football note: UI and the local chamber of commerce are hosting a parade through Moscow to celebrate the Humanitarian Bowl victory. It will be on Jan. 23, starting at 2 p.m.