The Idaho and Oregon men’s basketball teams played an exhibition on Saturday in Eugene and the big winner was the Red Cross.
The teams raised $17,465 for the Red Cross to go toward relief to those affected by the late-summer wildfires in Oregon. On the scoreboard, it was Oregon 81, Idaho 57.
Victor Sanders, still working his way back from injury, finished with a team-high 15 points on 4-of-9 shooting in 10 minutes of game time for Idaho. Nate Sherwood also finished in double-figures, scoring 13 points and adding a game-high five rebounds.
The Vandals play an exhibition against Lewis-Clark State on Nov. 5 in Memorial Gym. The regular-season opener is Nov. 10 at Nevada.
Men’s cross country
Idaho finished fourth and Eastern Washington ninth at the Big Sky Championships in Ogden, Utah.
Northern Arizona, the top-ranked team in the country, won with 24 points.
Idaho scored 123 and Eastern Washington 251.
Dwain Stucker was the top finisher for Idaho, placing 18th in 25 minutes, 4.7 seconds on the 8 kilometer course. Colton Johnsen led EWU, finishing 37th with a time of 25:57.5.
—-Whitworth finished fourth at the Northwest Conference meet in Walla Walla.
For the Pirate men, this season’s NWC Championships mirrored the 2016 campaign. Whitworth took home a fourth place finish this year with one All-NWC honoree.
Come Nzibarega was the Pirates’ lone all-conference choice after an eighth-place finish. Nzibarega earned the recognition with a time of 26:11.6.
Willamette was the team champion with 50 points, followed by Pacific Lutheran 57, Lewis & Clark 61 and Whitworth 107.
Women’s cross country
Idaho placed third and Eastern Washington eighth at the Big Sky Championships in Ogden.
Northern Arizona won with 51 points. Idaho scored 95 and EWU had 218 points.
Krista Story led the way for the Vandal women, taking seventh overall with a time of 17:44.2 over 5,000 meters.
Sophomore Kaili Keefe led EWU, finishing 13th at 17:55.0.
Idaho (13-10, 8-4 Big Sky) defeated Eastern Washington (6-15, 3-9) in straight sets in Cheney, ending a three match losing streak.
The sweep was Idaho’s eighth of the season. It is the most Idaho has had since recording nine in 2014.
Sarah Sharp led the Vandals with 12 kills.
Ashley Seiler led EWU with 11 kills and nine digs.
—-Gonzaga played its 10th five-set match of the season, falling to Santa Clara 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12 at the Martin Centre.
There were 31 total tie scores and 13 lead changes in the match.
Gonzaga freshman Chapin Gray had 17 kills on a .432 attack percentage for a pair of personal bests.
—-Whitworth defeated George Fox 25-23, 25-17, 25-17 in a Northwest Conference match at Whitworth.
Lauren Budde led Whitworth with 11 kills. She hit .611.
San Diego defeated Gonzaga 2-0 in a West Coast Conference match at Luger Field in Spokane.
The Toreros (8-9, 6-1 WCC) capitalized on a pair of corner kicks in the victory. Kelsi Dantu scored twice on headers off of corner kicks. Tara Meier had both assists on the corners.
Gonzaga’s (10-7-1, 2-6-0 WCC) Savanah Van Citters struck the crossbar on a free kick from deep in the 27th minute. The Zags outshot USD, 23-7.
Gonzaga wraps up the regular season at Loyola Marymount (7-6-4, 2-4-1) next Saturday.
—-Lura Morton headed in a corner kick early in the second half and Puget Sound (11-3-3, 9-2-2 NWC) made its 2-1 lead stand up, defeating Whitworth (11-5-1, 10-2-1) in Tacoma.
Kathryn Bischoff scored for Whitworth.
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