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Brayon Blake’s 23 points, 14 rebounds lift Idaho over Nicholls State

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 3, 2017

Vandals forward Brayon Blake had career highs of 23 points and 14 rebounds on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in a win over Nicholls State. (For The Spokesman-Review / James Snook)
Vandals forward Brayon Blake had career highs of 23 points and 14 rebounds on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in a win over Nicholls State. (For The Spokesman-Review / James Snook)
Associated Press

THIBODAUX, La. – Brayon Blake made his first double-double against a Division I opponent a memorable one, scoring 23 points and pulling down 14 rebounds, both career bests, as Idaho held off Nicholls State 79-68 on Sunday night.

Idaho’s Nate Sherwood, who scored 11 points, sparked a 10-0 run with a jump shot with 6:55 to play. Chad Sherwood and Blake followed with 3-pointers on consecutive possessions and Victor Sanders whipped a behind-the-back pass to Perrion Callandret for a dunk and a 70-60 Idaho (5-2) lead with 4:36 to play.

After Tevon Saddler scored to tie the game 60, the Colonels missed their next four shots before Roddy Peters ended the drought three minutes later. Saddler led the Colonels (4-5) with 24 points, Peters added 21 and Kimani Jackson scored nine with 13 rebounds.

Sanders finished with 15 points for the Vandals, and made 4 of 7 free throws to move into seventh place all-time at Idaho with 1,358.

Sanders also had four assists.

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