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Denver thunders past Vandals

Idaho has come close to edging most of the WAC's elite teams, including Denver University last month in Moscow. But UI was never competitive with DU on Saturday afternoon in a 74-58 loss — its most lopsided defeat of the season. The Pioneers drained nine 3-pointers and held the Vandals to just 14 points in the first half. Idaho's Kyle Barone — one of the favorites for WAC Player of the Year — attempted only two field-goal attempts and finished with 8 points.

“We didn’t compete like we needed to against a good Denver ballclub,” coach Don Verlin said. “That was the thing that was most frustrating about it. For whatever reason, we didn’t compete like we needed to. No question about it. It’s very frustrating at this time of year.”

Idaho is 9-14 and 5-8 in the WAC. It remains solidly in sixth place in the conference, ahead of San Jose State and Texas State.

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