After fighting back from a deficit for most of Thursday's matchup with Montana (16-11, 12-4 Big Sky), including nine points down with just over three minutes to play, Idaho (12-14, 7-8 Big Sky) battled back to send the game into overtime. It took two overtime periods, but the Vandals were able to pull away for the thrilling 92-87 victory.
Connor Hill led Idaho with 23 points, while Mike Scott added another 18 for the Vandals. In addition to some clutch shooting, one of the differences in this game came down to free throws; Idaho shot 80.6% from the charity stripe compared to 70.4% for the Griz.
Idaho's bench came up big Thursday, as forward Arkadiy Mkrtychyan scored 15 for the Vandals, followed by guard Perrion Callandret who added 11 more points on the night.
Up next Idaho hosts Montana State (7-21, 4-12 Big Sky) Saturday afternoon in Memorial Gym with a 1:00 PT tip-off.
- Idaho is 10-3 at home this year.
- The Vandals lead the all-time series with Montana 107-84, but this was UI's first win after dropping the last seven games.
- This was Idaho coach Don Verlin's first victory over the Montana, and is 1-7 all time against the Griz.
- Idaho is currently in 7th place and in pursuit of a spot in the 8-team Big Sky Tournament, and are one game ahead of 8th place Weber State (11-15, 6-9 BSC).
- Despite a 12-14 overall record, Idaho is averaging 77.3 PPG while giving up 75.5 PPG.