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UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 19, 2020

Zac Claus: Idaho athletics ‘left in a better place’ because of Pete Isakson

A postgame press conference following Idaho’s 78-75 loss to Eastern Washington University on Thursday became a platform for another message.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020

Montana earns 1,000th home court win, holds off Idaho 67-63

Jared Samuelson scored 23 points and Kyle Owens and Kendal Manuel each added two clutch free throws in the final seconds as Montana won its 1,000th game on its home …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Defense steps up late to help Eastern Washington pull out win over Idaho

Fouled with 4.3 seconds remaining and Eastern Washington clinging to a one-point lead, Kim Aiken Jr. prolonged the suspense in a game with Idaho that saw 10 lead changes.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Rivalry showdown between Eastern Washington, Idaho is ‘never just another game’ for Zac Claus

The hand at the tiller that steered Idaho through those rough waters belongs to interim coach Zac Claus, who had been an assistant with the Vandals from 2015 until being …


Idaho can’t hold off Montana State, Harald Frey in 71-68 loss

Idaho’s Marquell Fraser matched Frey with 22 points to lead the Vandals.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

Trevon Allen, Scott Blakney lead Idaho past Portland State

For an Idaho team with four wins heading into its Big Sky Conference home opener, success has been tenuous and temporary.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019

Cody John, Michal Kozak lead Weber State past Idaho 69-68

Cody John scored 18 points, Michal Kozak added 12 and grabbed 10 rebounds and Weber State held off a late Idaho run to win 69-68.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

Austin Smellie scores 21 to lift Idaho State past Idaho 62-60

Austin Smellie had a career-high 21 points as Idaho State edged past Idaho 62-60 on Saturday night.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 27, 2019

After successful nonconference run, Eastern Washington ready for Big Sky

EWU went 7-4 during its nonconference slate, the Eagles’ second-best start since they earned NCAA Division I status 36 years ago.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 21, 2019

South Dakota State cruises past Idaho 85-57

Douglas Wilson scored 18 points and Matt Dentlinger notched a double-double to propel South Dakota State to an 85-57 victory over Idaho.


Idaho overcomes limited roster to overtake Roadrunners in overtime

For 44 minutes, Idaho and Cal State Bakersfield couldn’t have played a tighter game.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Miller time: Washington State sparked by walk-on forward Tony Miller in 13-point win over Idaho

Their rotation shortened because of illness and their top scorer battling offensive inconsistency, the Cougars turned to an unlikely source in the Battle of the Palouse. Tony Miller showed up …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Washington State pulls away, beats Idaho 78-65

Miller, who averaged 3.2 points per game entering the night, was 6-of-7 shooting, and made 6-of-8 free throws.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 30, 2019

Terrell Brown’s 20 points help Seattle cruise past short-handed Idaho 74-55

Terrell Brown scored 20 points, Aaron Nettles added 15 and Seattle beat Idaho 74-55


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

North Dakota State takes long-range approach in 70-53 win over Idaho

NDSU outscored the Vandals 41-26 in the second half. The Bison were committed to hoisting shots beyond the arc. They connected on 13 of 38 3-pointers. Idaho hit just 4 …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 23, 2019

Idaho hits century mark in rout of Walla Walla

Idaho has rarely dominated opponents the past two seasons. But when it was presented the opportunity Saturday, it took full advantage.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 15, 2019

Trevon Allen scores 16, lifting Idaho over VMI 68-67 at Red Wolves Classic

Trevon Allen records 16 points and eight rebounds as Idaho narrowly beats VMI, 68-67.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

Caleb Fuller, Ezra Manjon lift UC Davis over Idaho 65-64

Caleb Fuller scores 18 points as UC Davis narrowly beats Idaho, 65-64.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

Idaho men make key plays late to win season opener against Evergreen State

In a game that counted, Idaho played like the score mattered.


Idaho men: New-look Vandals forge ahead after upheaval

Interim coach Zac Claus says the team he stitched together from four key returners plus Wilson and 10 newcomers is talented and fully invested in playing for the Vandals.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Idaho men’s basketball has no answer for Trystan Bradley, Lewis-Clark State in 88-73 exhibition loss

Idaho had no answer for LCSC’s Trystan Bradley. At 6-foot-8 he could shoot over guards and was accurate, connecting on 4 of 7 threes.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Idaho’s comeback attempt falls short in exhibition loss to Division II Central Washington

Division II Central Washington upset the Idaho Vandals 88-81 in a season-opening exhibition for both teams.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Eastern Washington’s Mason Peatling, Jacob Davison named to preseason All-Big Sky team; Idaho’s Gina Marxen also honored

One Big Sky Conference men’s basketball team had multiple players selected to the league’s preseason all-conference roster: Eastern Washington.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019

After turbulent offseason, Idaho basketball team finds renewed hope as practice begins

The first day of basketball practice looked like – basketball practice. Running, drills, coaching. In this way, the year was already off to a hopeful start.


Idaho men’s basketball adds Doug Novsek as assistant; Kirk Earlywine no longer with team

Before coming to Idaho, Earlywine was the head coach at Eastern Washington University from 2007-2011.


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019

Idaho interim men’s basketball coach Zac Claus thrilled with team’s energy after summer session

In the wake of the sudden firing of coach Don Verlin on the cusp of a University of Idaho presidential regime change last spring, the Vandals men’s basketball team was …


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019

Bond between Chicago Bulls players Perrion Callandret, Zach LaVine goes beyond the basketball court

When two-time NBA slam dunk champion Zach LaVine called the Chicago Bulls organization and asked for a favor, it wasn’t the first time he’d reached out for his childhood friend …


UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019

Sports letters: Don Verlin firing another misstep by University of Idaho athletics

John Blanchette was right on with his June 14th column denouncing the firing of Don Verlin at Idaho.


Sports letters: University of Idaho made a mess of Don Verlin firing

The timing with respect to day of the week and time of day is evidence of a gutless University President.


John Blanchette: Firing Don Verlin puts Idaho in contention as college basketball’s No. 1 laughing stock

This may be Idaho doing the most Idaho thing ever. So far.