Matt Johnson led a balanced Northern Colorado attack with 18 points as the Bears dominated Idaho 74-54 on Thursday at Memorial Gym in Moscow, Idaho.
Daylen Kountz scored 17 points for Northern Colorado (6-6, 3-4 Big Sky), while Bodie Hume added 12 points and nine rebounds.
Damen Thacker paced the Vandals (0-10, 0-7) with 16 points and three assists. Gabe Quinnett and Scott Blakney added eight points apiece as UI shot just 39.6% from the field and 30.8% (4 for 13) from 3-point range.
Idaho keep the game within reach at the half, trailing 30-24, but the Bears pulled away in the second half behind nine 3-pointers.
The teams play again at noon Saturday. That contest will be televised on SWX.
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