Vandals Thump BSU in Boise

IDAHO HAS WON THREE OF THE LAST FOUR meetings with Boise State, including a sensational season sweep last year. Saturday night, the Vandals handed the overwhelmed Broncos their second worst loss ever to the Vandals, as Idaho jumped out to a 45-19 halftime lead and cruised to a 79-55 victory at Taco Bell Arena. Up next, Idaho hosts Nevada (8:05PM PST) in a nationally televised game on ESPN2.

GAME NOTES: (from the Official Idaho game report)

- Idaho scorched the nets from the perimeter in hitting 10-of-20 from 3-point range, while also outscoring the Broncos 28-18 in the paint and 10-3 on fast break points. Idaho's bench contributed its most points (33) since scoring 43 in the team's season-opening win at Utah.

- The victory puts Idaho at 11-11 overall and 3-7 in the Western Athletic Conference, while bumping BSU to 11-12 overall and 2-8 in WAC play.

- Combined with last year's 56-54 win at Taco Bell Arena, Idaho has now won back-to-back road games at Boise State for the first time since the 1989 Big Sky Tournament Championship game and the team's 1990 Big Sky Conference opener. The 26-point win is the second-largest for Idaho in series history and the most for Idaho ever in a road game against BSU.

- Senior forward Luciano DeSouza connected on four of his six attempts from the 3-point line and all four free throws to give him a career-high-tying 16 points.

- Fellow seniors Kashif Watson and Mac Hopson contributed 14 and 11 points, respectively, while Hopson also added a team-high five assists.

- Sophomore Luiz Toledo, the WAC's most accurate shooter, hit five of his six attempts and scored 11 points, along with seven rebounds.

LINK: IDAHO OFFICIAL SITE: Vandals run over Boise State (link to stats)

LINK: Boise State humiliated at home by rival Idaho (Idaho Statesman)

LINK: Vandal vanquishment (Idaho Press-Tribune)

LINK: White-hot Idaho gunnery obliterates stunned Broncos (Vandal Nation)

LINK: Idaho cruises to victory over Boise State (KTVB, with video)


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