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Sarbaugh Seals Victory for Vandals

Next up, Idaho hits the road to take on Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. Next up, Idaho hits the road to take on Southern Utah and Northern Arizona.

By govandals.com

MOSCOW, Idaho – For the second straight game it came down to late free throws to decide the winner.  Where they faltered before, the Vandals shone tonight, as Chris Sarbaugh drained a pair at the line with 10 seconds left to give Idaho (13-9, 5-4 BSC) the 56-55 win over Portland State (7-12, 3-5 BSC).

“I thought we showed our toughness tonight, no question about it,” head coach Don Verlin said.  “We battled every possession.  I thought our guys continued to fight all night long.  We got a lot of really good stops and good defensive rebounds down the stretch.”

The Vandals trailed by as many as seven in the second half but clawed their way back into it over the final minutes.  Idaho cut the Portland State lead to one point with just over two minutes to play, but the Vikings responded with a quick layup to grow the lead to three points with 1:46 to play.  That would prove to be their final bucket of the night, as the Vandal defense stepped up in a major way.

After two free throws from Nate Sherwood, Portland State got the ball back, up one, with about 40 seconds to play.  The Vandals elected not to foul, allowing PSU to use up most of the clock before firing up a contested 3-ball.  Sarbaugh gathered the rebound and was fouled almost instantly, heading to the line with 10.2 seconds remaining.

From there, the veteran leader was poised and calm, knocking down both to put the Vandals up by one.  Portland State had a chance, with 10 seconds left, but after wasting nearly eight seconds, the Vikings were forced to take a contested 3-pointer from the corner that went begging.

It was a close game throughout, with neither team leading by more than seven points.  Idaho took a two-point lead into the break, 26-24.

Nate Sherwood was aggressive from the get-go and finished with a team-high 15 points.  No other Vandal finished in double-figures, but nine different Vandals scored.  Sarbaugh led the team with nine boards and six dimes.

Portland State’s Cameron Forte had a monster night, finishing with 20 points, on 7-of-9 shooting, and 20 boards.

Neither team shot particularly well on the night, both at around 35 percent.  Both teams also finished 3-of-16 from the arc.  The real difference came due to rebounds and turnovers, as the Vandals attempted 10 more shots than the Vikings.

Next up, Idaho hits the road to take on Southern Utah and Northern Arizona.  Check back with GoVandals.com as the game gets closer for more information.

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