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Droughts sink Vandals, Eagles


It looked like Idaho was going to pull its biggest upset of the season, especially when the Vandals built a double-digit lead in the second half.

Then it all fell apart.

Idaho went through a scoring drought, New Mexico State caught fire and the result was a 61-56 WAC comeback victory for the Aggies in Moscow on Thursday night.

Idaho dropped to 2-13 for the season and 0-3 in the WAC. New Mexico State's record is almost a mirror image at 12-3 and 3-0.

For more, check out Jim Meehan's Vandal blog.


Speaking of droughts, Eastern had a long one in the first half at Idaho State and the Eagles never were able to climb out of the 19-point hole they dug, falling 78-65 to the Bengals.

The Big Sky Conference loss dropped Eastern's overall record to 8-9 and their Sky mark to 2-3. Idaho State is 8-8, 3-0.

Check Dave Trimmer's Eagle blog for more as Eastern continues its road trip Saturday night.


The Whitworth Pirates men's basketball team is 13-0, ranked sixth nationally in the NCAA Division III and 4-0 in Northwest Conference play.

Tonight at 8 the Pirates face their most important game of the season. They host the 17th-ranked Puget Sound Loggers, three-time defending conference champions (10-2 overall 3-1 NWC), who average 109.7 points per game.

We'll be there with news and commentary before and after the NWC showdown. Just click in to ask questions, leave comments or to just enjoy the action.

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