CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) Brayon Blake had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Idaho defeated Southern Utah 80-76 Thursday night to move into a crowded tie for second place in the Big Sky Conference.
The Vandals are 4-2 in conference as is Weber State, Montana State and Eastern Washington. All are chasing unbeaten Montana (6-0).
Idaho (12-6) led by double digits most of the game but Southern Utah rallied and cut the lead to a single point several times in the last six minutes. Chad Sherwood and Victor Sanders hit timely 3-pointers to fend off the Thunderbirds.