Ty Egbert scored 12 points with two blocked shots, and Idaho surged in the second half to beat Southern Utah 68-44 on Thursday night, avenging an earlier loss to the Thunderbirds, who have now lost five straight.
Nick Blair and Arkadiy Mkrtychyan scored 10 apiece and Idaho (14-9, 6-4 Big Sky) outrebounded Southern Utah 37-23 while shooting 54 percent from the field and making 10 of 18 free throws.
Idaho led 28-22 at halftime, and then used runs of 8-2 and 13-1 to further pull away to a 49-28 lead with 11:26 to play.
Blair’s dunk with 58 seconds left gave the Vandals a 27-point lead, their largest of the game.
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The win is the second straight for the Vandals, who were beaten by the Thunderbirds 85-83 on Jan. 16.
Casey Oliverson, Race Parsons and John Marshall each scored nine points for Southern Utah (4-16, 2-8), which shot 36 percent.
IDAHO STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Quinton Hooker turned in a triple-double, Adam McDermott had career highs of eight 3-pointers and 28 points, and North Dakota (11-10, 6-4 Big Sky) snapped Idaho State’s four-game win streak with a 76-60 victory. Ethan Telfair led the Bengals (10-11, 5-4 Big Sky) with 13 points. Idaho State shot just 31 percent and was only 7 of 30 from the arc.
BOISE STATE TRACK: The Jacksons/NB Invitational, featuring high school and college athletes, starts Friday at the Idaho Sports Center in Nampa. Events begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. College teams in the field include Boise State, Idaho, College of Idaho, Northwest Nazarene, Oregon State, Utah, Utah State, Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon, Treasure Valley CC and Warner Pacific. Adult tickets are $5.
IDAHO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Vandals (16-6, 8-2 Big Sky) topped 90 points for the third straight game and cruised past Southern Utah (2-18, 0-10) 93-48 on Thursday.
IDAHO STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Bengals (10-10, 3-6 Big Sky) erased an eight-point deficit, but faltered down the stretch in a 60-57 home loss to North Dakota (10-11, 6-4).
NORTHWEST NAZARENE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Crusaders (8-11, 6-7 GNAC) started slow and never recovered, falling 87-65 at home to Simon Fraser (10-8, 8-5).