Perrion Callandret scored 19 points on 6-for-10 shooting to lead Idaho past Portland State for an 80-74 win Thursday night at Portland.
Chad Sherwood added 15 points and Nate Sherwood had 13 for Idaho, which shot 46 percent from the field and 8 of 14 from 3-point range to win its third straight game.
The Vandals (17-10, 9-5 Big Sky) took the lead for good with a 6-0 spurt capped by Chad Sherwood’s 3-pointer to make it 52-46 with 13:05 left. Callandret’s jumper with 2:03 to go gave Idaho its biggest lead of the game, 73-61, and the Vandals held off a final Portland State surge.
The Vikings (8-16, 4-9) got a 3-pointer at the buzzer from Cameron Forte.
Forte finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds to lead Portland State and Zach Gengler added 15 points.
Weber State 87, Southern Utah 83: Joel Bolomboy scored a career-high 34 points with 10 rebounds and the Wildcats held off the Thunderbirds at Cedar City, Utah.
Bolomboy was 10 of 14 from the field and 12 of 16 from the line as the Wildcats pulled even with Montana at the top of the conference. Weber State shot 53.5 percent and was 7 of 13 from beyond the arc. Jeremy Senglin added 15 points.
Southern Utah was led by James McGee with 21 points.
A close game throughout, Weber State opened a 10-point lead with 8:51 to go following an 8-1 spurt. Southern Utah narrowed the gap to one with 6:14 to go on Juwan Major’s layup.
But a dunk by Bolomboy and three-point play by Kyndahl Hill put it back to a six-point game, and Weber State held off the Thunderbirds down the stretch.
Northern Arizona 81, Idaho State 68: Ako Kaluna scored 17 points with nine rebounds and the Lumberjacks built a big second-half lead and cruised past the Bengals at Flagstaff, Arizona.
Kaluna was 6 of 8 from the field as the Lumberjacks shot better than 47 percent. Torry Johnson scored 16 points, Kris Yanku had 14 points with nine assists and Marcus DeBerry added 10 points.
Kaluna hit a 3-pointer midway through the first half to give Northern Arizona a lead it never relinquished. Idaho State got as close as five with 12:48 left after a Geno Luzcando free throw, but the Lumberjacks pushed their lead back to 16 on Johnson’s dunk with 7:45 to go and the Bengals never caught up.
Luzcando led Idaho State with 23 points. Ethan Telfair scored 12 points despite shooting 2 of 11.
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