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Montana St. Just Edges Out Idaho 70-68

Montana State came out firing in the second half, hitting nine 3’s, to take the lead midway through the half.  The Vandals tried to fight their way back into it, but came up just short in the closing minutes. Montana State came out firing in the second half, hitting nine 3’s, to take the lead midway through the half. The Vandals tried to fight their way back into it, but came up just short in the closing minutes.

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BOZEMAN, Mont. – Without its two leading scorers, Idaho (12-8, 4-3 BSC) fell at Montana State (9-11, 4-4 BSC), 70-68, on Saturday afternoon.  The Vandals went deep into their bench early and got solid contributions from some unfamiliar sources, but came up just short in the end.

“We turned it over too much,” head coach Don Verlin said.  “They scored a bunch of points in transition.  The turnovers finally caught up to us tonight.  I thought under the circumstances our guys fought hard.  We had a lot of guys who haven’t played a lot this season step up.  I thought our guys really, really competed hard.”

Montana State came out firing in the second half, hitting nine 3’s, to take the lead midway through the half.  The Vandals tried to fight their way back into it, but came up just short in the closing minutes.

Ty Egbert had an incredible game, scoring a career-high 18 points and grabbing a team-high seven rebounds.  Not often the focal point of the offense, the Vandals looked to Egbert frequently in the second half to settle down the offense and work the inside.

Without Perrion Callandret and Victor Sanders, Verlin was forced to look to his bench early.  Jordan Scott, Nick Blair, Pat Ingram and Jake Straughan all saw more minutes than normal and played well in their expanded roles.

The Vandals led by 10 at the break, 33-23.  Blair had an incredible first half, scoring 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.  Idaho led by as many as 13 points in the second half, but then the flood gates opened for the Bobcats.

The Vandals shot well, finishing at 54.3 percent (25-of-46) from the field and 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from beyond the arc.  The Vandals won the rebounding battle, 34-32, but gave up 13 offensive rebounds.

The Vandals return home to take on Sacramento State and Portland State next weekend.  Check back with GoVandals.com as the games get closer for more information.

Fans can stay up-to-date on all things Idaho men’s basketball by following the team on twitter, @VandalHoops.

For more information on Idaho Athletics, visit GoVandals.com.  Fans can also find Idaho on Twitter and Instagram, @Idaho_Vandals, or on Facebook by searching Idaho Vandals

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