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Idaho falls short of first Big Sky win in 83-78 overtime loss to Northern Arizona

With a miniscule margin of error against a dynamic scorer, Idaho was on task and gritty enough to methodically reduce an 11-point second half deficit and take a short-lived lead, 70-67, against Northern Arizona when Scott Blakney blocked the Lumberjacks’ Cameron Shelton’s drive, the Vandals recovered the loose ball, and Ja’Vary Christmas buried a three from the right corner.

No. 1 Gonzaga making its points, regardless of opponent

Bennett sounded much like West Virginia’s Bob Huggins and Kansas’ Bill Self describing how the Zags had pierced their defenses. Those three are among the most accomplished and respected coaches, especially defensively, in college basketball. Bennett noted that his current squad hasn’t been very good defensively through six games, but he summarized the assortment of challenges Gonzaga presents.