The Broncos (7-0, 3-0 Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference) make their Taco Bell Arena debut this season, taking on the No. 26 Buckeyes (3-4, 1-4 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. Boise State defeated Ohio State 196.025-194.925 last year in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets are $6 (adults), $4 (juniors and seniors) and $3 (if you wear pink), and are available at the door. The Broncos have five gymnasts who are ranked in the top 50 nationally: Senior Krystine Jacobsen (No. 6 uneven bars, 9.895 average); sophomore Sandra Collantes (No. 21 floor, 9.890; No. 28 all-around, 39.200); senior Maddie Krentz (No. 21 floor, 9.890); freshman Shani Remme (No. 24 all-around, 39.238; No. 31 beam, 9.825); and sophomore Ann Stockwell (No. 47 uneven bars, 9.825).
BSU SWIMMING AND DIVING: Sam Wicks won the 200 IM (1:57.18) and the Broncos won the 200-free relay (1:28.93) at the Mountain West Championships in College Station, Texas. Boise State is second with 254.5 points and chasing Nevada (284) going into the final two days of the meet.
COLLEGE OF IDAHO BASEBALL: Zach Draper struck out five in six-plus innings, and Hunter Hanson connected on his third home run to help the Yotes beat Biola 7-2 in La Mirada, Calif. The C of I (11-1) is 5-0 on the road.
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C OF I SKIING: The Yotes finished second in the women’s giant slalom on the opening day of the USCSA Western Regional Championships at Red Lodge Mountain in Montana. Anna Granhed finished fourth, Mary Totten (Borah High) was sixth and Elyse Burandt was seventh. The men’s GS is Friday.
NORTHWEST NAZARENE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Crusaders (10-13, 8-9 GNAC) beat Western Oregon 61-57 in Nampa.
IDAHO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Vandals (19-7, 11-3 Big Sky) knocked off Portland State 84-63 in Moscow.
IDAHO STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Bengals (12-12, 5-8 Big Sky) defeated Northern Arizona 71-61 in Pocatello.
Idaho outlasts Portland State
PORTLAND — Perrion Callandret scored 19 points on 6-for-10 shooting to lead Idaho past Portland State for an 80-74 win Thursday night.
Chad Sherwood added 15 points and Nate Sherwood had 13 for Idaho, which shot 46 percent from the field and 8-of-14 from 3-point range to win its third straight game.
The Vandals (17-10, 9-5 Big Sky) took the lead for good with a 6-0 spurt capped by Chad Sherwood’s 3-pointer to make it 52-46 with 13:05 left. Callandret’s jumper with 2:03 to go gave Idaho its biggest lead of the game, 73-61, and the Vandals held off a final Portland State surge.
The Vikings (8-16, 4-9) got a 3-pointer at the buzzer from Cameron Forte.
Forte finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds to lead Portland State and Zach Gengler added 15 points.
Northern Arizona knocks off Idaho State
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Ako Kaluna scored 17 points with nine rebounds, and Northern Arizona built a big second half lead to cruise past Idaho State 81-68.
Kaluna was 6-of-8 from the field as the Lumberjacks (5-20, 3-11 Big Sky) shot better than 47 percent. Gene Luzcando led Idaho State (13-12, 8-5) with 23 points.
Kaluna hit a 3-pointer midway through the first half to give Northern Arizona a lead it never relinquished. Idaho State got as close as five with 12:48 left after a Luzcando free throw, but the Lumberjacks pushed their lead back to 16 on Johnson’s dunk with 7:45 to go.