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Sanders, Blake help Idaho hold off Northern Arizona, 77-75

UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017

Idaho guard Victor Sanders, shown against Montana State in the 2016-17 season, led the Vandals with 29 points against George Fox. (Kelly Gorham / Montana State via AP)
Idaho guard Victor Sanders, shown against Montana State in the 2016-17 season, led the Vandals with 29 points against George Fox. (Kelly Gorham / Montana State via AP)
Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Victor Sanders scored 21 points and Brayton Blake added 16 points off the bench as Idaho held off Northern Arizona to post a 77-75 Big Sky Conference victory Thursday night.

Blake hit two free throws with 26 seconds remaining to give the Vandals a 76-72 lead, but Kye de Laveaga hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds left to cut Lumberjacks’ deficit to one, 76-75. Nate Sherwood hit the first of two free throws to pad the lead with four seconds.

Idaho (16-12, 11-6) built a 20-point lead in the first half and it needed all of it to earn the win. The Vandals shot 23 of 43 from the field (53.5 percent) and knocked down 11 of 19 from deep.

Marcus DeBerry scored 13 points and Jordyn Martin, Ako Kaluna and de Laveaga each contributed 12 points.

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