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Idaho Tops Portland St. for Third Straight Victory

Perrion Callandret led the Vandals with 19 points in just his second game back in the lineup. Perrion Callandret led the Vandals with 19 points in just his second game back in the lineup.

University of Idaho Athletics

PORTLAND, Ore. – Another great second half helped give Idaho (17-10, 9-5 BSC) the come-from-behind win at Portland State (8-16, 4-9 BSC), 80-74, on Thursday night.

“I challenged them a little bit,” said head men’s basketball coach Don Verlin.  “I just told them that we need to be who we are.  We showed that in the second half, with our defensive numbers.  Our guys really picked it up, really did a great job.  We had a number of guys that came off the bench and played really well.”

As has been the case all season, the Vandals came out of the break with fire, reclaiming the lead in the opening minutes behind a quick 14-6 run. Idaho would not look back from there, building a double-digit lead midway through the half.

With the win, the Vandals move to fourth in the Big Sky standings, one half game ahead of Idaho State.  A high seed in the Big Sky Championships is more important than ever, as the top-four teams will receive a bye to the quarterfinals in Reno.  Idaho also win’s its third straight Big Sky game for the first time since rejoining the conference prior to last season.

Idaho attacked the glass ferociously all night, grabbing 20-plus offensive rebounds for the fourth time this season (third against a Division I opponent).  The Vandals would finish with 20 offensive boards, 46 total.

Perrion Callandret led the Vandals with 19 points in just his second game back in the lineup.  Chad Sherwood dropped 15, while going 4-of-4 from beyond the arc in the second half.  His brother, Nate Sherwood, chipped in with 13 points and five boards.

Victor Sanders made his return to the lineup, after missing the last seven games due to injury.  He scored just seven points but made an impact across the board, as he finished with five rebounds, three assists and three steals.  Jordan Scott also had a solid evening, scoring eight points on 4-of-6 shooting and grabbing six rebounds.

Cameron Forte proved to be a difficult challenge down low, as he finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds.

Next up, the Vandals will take on Sacramento State on Saturday in their final road contest of the season.  Check back with GoVandals.com tomorrow for more information on the matchup.

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