Ty Egbert scored 12 points with two blocked shots and Idaho surged in the second half to beat Southern Utah 68-44 on Thursday night in Cedar City, Utah, avenging an earlier loss to the Thunderbirds, who have now lost five straight.
Nick Blair and Arkadiy Mkrtychyan scored 10 apiece and Idaho outrebounded Southern Utah 37-23 while shooting 54 percent from the field and making 10 of 18 free throws.
“I thought we just played a good solid basketball game,” head coach Don Verlin said. “I was really proud of our guys’ focus and how they played defensively tonight.”
The win is the second straight for the Vandals, who were beaten by the Thunderbirds 85-83 on Jan. 16.
North Dakota 76, Idaho State 60: Quinton Hooker turned in North Dakota’s first triple-double in their Division-I era with 13 points, 10 assists and 12 rebounds and the Fighting Hawks snapped the Bengals’s four-game win streak in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Weber State 64, Northern Colorado 54: Joel Bolomboy had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Jeremy Senglin led all scorers with 22 points as the Wildcats beat the Bears 64-54 in Greeley, Colorado. It was Bolomboy’s 20th double-double in 22 games.
Portland State 83, Montana State 68: Isaiah Pineiro scored 22 points and the Vikings shot 60 percent from the floor as they beat the Bobcats in Portland, Oregon.
Sacramento State 83, Montana 79: Marcus Graves and Jiday Ugbaja scored 18 points each to lead the Hornets in a second half rally to edge the Grizzlies in Sacramento, California.
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