Victor Sanders pumped in a career-high 33 points to lead Idaho (11-6, 3-1 Big Sky) to a 83-76 home win over Northern Arizona. Sanders shot 9-for-13 from the field, including four 3-pointers, and was 11-of-13 from the foul line. Ako Kaluna led Northern Arizona (3-12, 1-3) with 19 points.
IDAHO STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Nick Hornsby and Justin Strings combined for 26 points and 21 rebounds to help lead Sacramento State (8-7, 1-3 Big Sky) past Idaho State 82-71 in Sacramento. Ethan Talfair had 23 points for Idaho State (6-10, 1-3).
BOISE STATE WRESTLING The Broncos host four matches this season — all in the next 24 days. The program hosts North Dakota State (7 p.m. Friday), Wyoming (1 p.m. Sunday), Northern Colorado (7 p.m. Jan. 29) and South Dakota State (2 p.m. Feb. 7). This weekend’s duals are in Bronco Gym. Boise State is 2-2 this season and hasn’t wrestled since the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 20. Sophomore Geordan Martinez (149 pounds) is the Broncos’ only nationally ranked wrestler, checking in at No. 13, No. 17, No. 17 and No. 18 in the four major polls.
BSU GYMNASTICS: The 19th-ranked Broncos open the season Friday night in a tri-meet with UC Davis (1-3) and Seattle Pacific (1-1). The meet is at the ARC Pavilion in Davis, Calif. The defending Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference champions open their home schedule Jan. 29 against BYU.
NORTHWEST NAZARENE MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Crusaders used a late run to pull away from Saint Martin’s for a 79-72 road win. Bouna N’Diaye led NNU (6-7, 2-5 GNAC) with 22 points, while Mike Wright added 19. Saint Martin’s (7-8, 1-6) scored just five points in the final two minutes.
NNU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Crusaders opened an early lead and cruised to a 74-57 home win over Alaska (7-10, 2-5 GNAC). NNU (5-8, 3-4 ) led by as many as 29. McKenna Walker led the team with 12 points, and Ellie Logan added 10. NNU takes on No. 2 Alaska Anchorage on Saturday at home.
U OF I WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Vandals overcame 22 turnovers to beat Northern Arizona 72-51 on the road. Freshman Taylor Pierce scored a team-high 14 points in her first career start for Idaho (11-5, 3-1 Big Sky). Three other Vandals scored in double figures. Idaho made up for its turnovers on the glass, outrebounding NAU (5-10, 1-3) 51-33.
ISU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Bengals gave up an early third quarter surge and never recovered, falling to Sacramento State 68-59 at home. Idaho State (7-8, 0-4 Big Sky) went into halftime up 32-30, but the Hornets (6-9, 3-1) responded with a 21-13 third quarter. Apiphany Woods led the Bengals with 19 points, and Isabel Vara de Ray added 12.
Pease hired as offensive coordinator at UTEP
EL PASO, TEXAS — Former Boise State assistant football coach and Mountain Home High graduate Brent Pease is the Miners’ new offensive coordinator, the Conference USA program announced Thursday. Pease, who was at Boise State from 2006-11, was fired off Chris Petersen’s staff at Washington in December. At UTEP, Pease will work under head coach Sean Kugler, who was the assistant head coach at Boise State in 2006.