Idaho men’s basketball claimed third-place in the Great Alaska Shootout Saturday following a 75-66 win over Cal-Poly.
“I was proud of our guys,” Idaho head coach Don Verlin said in a news release. “Last night was hard on us, no question about it, giving up the game-winner, but we bounced back and played pretty hard. I thought we had a few lax minutes there in the second half but I was happy with the way we played and very happy with the outcome.”
The Vandals wasted no time getting an advantage, building a solid 10-point lead midway through the opening half of play. A jump shot from junior power forward Nate Sherwood further extended the Idaho lead out to 11 points.
The Mustangs managed to bring the game within three points, but were not able to reign it in any further. Idaho went into the break with a 37-29 advantage.
Senior guard Victor Sanders led the team at the half with 11 points.
The Vandals continued to remain comfortably ahead of the opponents, expanding their lead to as many as 18 points in the second half.
Cal-Poly closed the gap just a little before Idaho clenched the nine-point 75-66 win.
Senior guard Perrion Callandret came out with nine points in the second half for the Vandals and finished the game with 14 points.
Sanders came out on top for Idaho with a game-high 24 points and went 5-for-8 from the three.
Nate Sherwood had a big night as well, coming out with 17 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Idaho moves forward to face Nicholls State Dec. 3 in Thibodaux, Louisiana.
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