Victor Sanders scored 27 points and Idaho handed Montana its first Big Sky Conference defeat, 63-58, Thursday night.
The win by the Vandals (12-7, 4-2) snapped Montana’s seven-game win streak, dealt the Grizzlies (11-7, 6-1) their first home loss and left Weber State alone atop the Big Sky at 5-0. It was Idaho’s first victory in Missoula since 1999. The Vandals rejoined the Big Sky last season.
Brandon Gfeller’s long 3-pointer got the Grizzlies within two, 60-58, with 22 seconds left but Sanders made two free throws and, after Gfeller missed another 3-point try, Ty Egbert added a final point.
Montana led 24-22 at halftime but Idaho outscored the Grizzlies 22-5 over the first 10 minutes of the second half.
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Sanders was 13 of 14 from the line.
Breunig finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Gfeller scored 14 points, making four 3-pointers, but they came on 12 attempts.
U OF I WOMEN’S BASKETBALL The Vandals opened a halftime lead and never looked back on their way to a 78-61 basketball victory over Montana on Thursday night in Moscow. Geraldine McCorkell led Idaho (13-5, 5-1 Big Sky) with 16 points.
NORTHWEST NAZARENE MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Crusaders lost to Western Washington 80-78 in Nampa. Mike Wright led NNU (6-9, 2-7 GNAC) with 22 points.
NNU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: A slow start doomed the Crusaders on their way to a 71-60 loss at Concordia. Ellie Logan led NNU (5-10, 3-5 GNAC) with 22 points.
COLLEGE OF IDAHO SWIMMING: Maddy Kelly is the national NAIA swimmer of the month.