Idaho scares southern Utah | Sports

MOSCOW – Subsequently, Zac Claus lamented specific pieces more than general trends. For Idaho, it’s progress.

Opening their Big Sky Conference season against the team that should rule the league, the Vandals led by six points midway through the second half on Saturday before faltering at late turning points and absorbing an 81 loss. -75 against Southern Utah at Idaho Central Credit Union Arena.

“The coach told us losing a game can be simple or very small,” said Idaho goaltender Mikey Dixon, who scored 27 points. “So we have to continue to pay attention to the details. “

The Vandals (1-7, 0-1), who were chosen to finish last in the conference, trailed 77-75 when Dixon got stuck in traffic on a baseline and his clumsy shot was bounced back by Maizen Fausett of the Thunderbirds. From there, Dr. Marin and John Knight III each had two free throws to seal the victory for SUU (5-3, 2-0).

“We gave up too many transition baskets and a few of their opportunities on the offensive glass,” said Claus, the third-year Vandals coach, whose only victory this year was against George Fox, Division III of the NCAA. “It was separation for the last five minutes. And a credit to them (the T-Birds). They kept coming.

He didn’t impose anything on his big men, who performed well defensively and helped Idaho shoot 21 to 40 (52.5%) at 2 points. The Vandals had 10 points each on the bench against Rashad Smith 6-4 and Ethan Kilgore 6-5, and Smith grabbed eight rebounds.

Dixon also praised Tanner Christensen, a 6-10 freshman, who had eight points.

“I think he’s really starting to find his pace low,” Davis said.

“We made a vocal point to get him to touch.”

Keys for everyone, in fact, that’s more or less the purpose of the user interface.

“We always try to play smart and win in attacking basketball,” said Claus, “and for us that means the ball has to move. Our guys have to move, because when we don’t share it, when we don’t put good screens you are easy to keep in. We have shown on several trips during this game that when we move it, when we are in sync with each other, we play good basketball.

Kilgore scored four points in a short span of time midway through the second half, and goaltender Trevante Anderson, who would finish with 12 points, provided an assist to put Idaho ahead 63-57.

But Marin then emptied a 3-point pointer to trigger a 7-0 Thunderbirds push. He finished with 19 points, Tevian Jones added 17 and Fausett contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds.

“You’ve faced arguably the best team in the league,” Claus said of his squad. “But I’m going back and telling you that we had three really good practices from Wednesday to Friday, and the correlation between training and the game is real. As long as our guys keep believing in it, believing in each other, we still have a bright future ahead of us. “

Idaho will then play at 6 p.m. Wednesday at home against South Dakota State.

Fausett 5-14 3-3 15, Spurgin 1-2 0-0 2, Chevalier 2-5 4-8 8, Marin 7-14 2-2 19, Jones 7-16 1-2 17, Butler 4-7 0 -0 9, Moody 3-6 0-0 6, Moore 0-2 0-0 0, Fleming 1-4 1-1 3. Totals 30-70 11-16 81.

Christensen 4-9 0-0 8, Dixon 11-20 2-3 27, Anderson 5-11 1-1 12, Bertain 2-6 0-0 6, Kilgore 3-4 4-5 10, Pepple 1-3 0 -0 2, Quinnett 0-2 0-0 0, Smith 3-7 2-2 10, Salih 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-63 9-11 75.

Half-time – Southern Utah, 36-33. 3 Point Goals – Southern Utah 10-25 (Marin 3-7, Fausett 2-3, Moody 2-4, Jones 2-7, Butler 1-1, Fleming 0-1, Moore 0-2), Idaho 8- 23 (Dixon 3-8, Bertain 2-5, Smith 2-5, Anderson 1-4, Quinnett 0-1). Rebounds – Southern Utah 42 (Fausett 10), Idaho 37 (Anderson 8, Smith 8). Assists – Southern Utah 9 (Knight 4), Idaho 8 (four with 2). Total fouls – Southern Utah 13, Idaho 18. A – 1.043.

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