Deremy Geiger scored 19 points and hit five 3-pointers as Idaho beat Concordia, Ore., 77-61 in men’s basketball on Monday night in Moscow.
Stephen Madison added 15 points and Kyle Barone had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Vandals (1-1). Landon Tatum scored 10 points.
Idaho dominated the boards, outrebounding the Cavaliers 44-31. Concordia was limited to seven rebounds in the second half.
Concordia (2-0) was led by Kevan West, who scored 29 points on 11-of-18 shooting. Adam Herman added 16 points and seven rebounds.
The NAIA Cavaliers kept it close in the first half, trailing 30-26 with 6 minutes left. But Idaho closed with a 16-5 run to end the half leading 46-31. That charge was led by Geiger, who hit three 3-pointers in the final 5 minutes and collected 14 points in the half.
It was not pretty as Idaho absorbed an 84-54 loss to North Dakota at Grand Forks in the Vandals’ first road outing.
The Fighting Sioux (1-1) outscored the Vandals (1-1) a combined 48-13 in second-chance points and points off turnovers. UI was outrebounded 50-31 and had 19 turnovers.
Senior Ganeaya Rogers led Idaho with 11 points and freshman Stacey Barr had 10, but was just 2 of 9 on 3-pointers. The Vandals were a combined 3 of 18 on 3s and 18 of 49 overall from the field.
Outside hitter Allison Walker, who had 37 kills and 20 digs in two wins that clinched second place in the WAC for Idaho, was named the league Player of the Week for the third time this season. It is the third straight week a Vandal has won the award, and Walker’s second in that span.
Washington, 12-4-2 and second in the Pac-12, was bypassed for the second year in a row when NCAA tournament at-large berths were handed out. Pac-12 champion UCLA received the league’s only berth.