Idaho men fall again in WAC play, this time to Utah Valley State


MOSCOW — Eagle High product Mitch Bruneel scored 18 points in leading Utah Valley State to a 71-66 victory over Idaho on Thursday night.

Hayes Garrity scored 14 points and Zach Nelson added 12 for the Wolverines, who have won three straight in the Western Athletic Conference and remain in first place.

Utah Valley State (9-7, 3-0) finished the night making 46 percent from the floor, including 8-of-17 from long range. The Wolverines led the Vandals 34-26 at the break and held on through the second half for the five-point win.

The Vandals hit only 38 percent of their field goals, including just 2-of-16 from 3-point range on their home court.

“It was the same story all night long, can’t find a way to make a shot,” Idaho coach Don Verlin said. “I think we had a number of open shots from the perimeter, some drives, some college layups that we just weren’t able to finish. To win, you can’t let those opportunities slip away.”

Idaho (7-12, 1-4) was paced by Stephen Madison's 21 points and eight rebounds, while Connor Hill scored 19 points.

“As I challenged the team in the locker room afterwards, you’ve got to forget about this one and look forward to the next,” Verlin said.

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