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Idaho Vandals struggle in season-opening loss at Nevada

Idaho’s  Brayon Blake, left, and  Eastern Washington’s  Bogdan Bliznyuk  both made the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 6 team, announced Tuesday. (James Snook / For The S-R)
Idaho’s Brayon Blake, left, and Eastern Washington’s Bogdan Bliznyuk both made the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 6 team, announced Tuesday. (James Snook / For The S-R)

RENO, Nev. – Caleb Martin had four 3-pointers and a career-high 26 points on Friday night and Nevada opened the season with an 88-64 win over Idaho.

The Wolf Pack took the lead for good with 6:11 left in the first half and closed the game on a 25-7 run after the Vandals closed to within 63-57 with 8:32 to go.

The Vandals jumped in front early and led most of the first 13 minutes of the first half. The Wolf Pack pushed in front with a pair of 3s by Caleb Martin and Hallice Cooke and then built to a 43-30 lead by halftime.

Brayon Blake had 17 points, and Victor Sanders and Nate Sherwood added 14 apiece for Idaho.

Cody Martin added 15 points, Jordan Caroline scored 13 and Lindsey Drew 12 for Nevada, which made 48 percent of its shots.