Big Sky Conference

Intensity leads Vandals past EWU

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RENO, Nevada — Following his team’s first-round victory on Tuesday at the Big Sky Conference Tournament, Eastern Washington head coach Jim Hayford said there are no secrets between his Eagles and the Vandals of Idaho.

During Thursday’s fourth and final quarterfinal matchup between the two most geographically snug neighbors in the league, UI showed just how familiar, flustering the highest scoring offense in the Big Sky from start to finish.

Sophomore Victor Sanders proved to be a disruptive force on the perimeter despite battling foul trouble, Idaho exerted physicality on both ends of the court and the Vandals never let Eastern Washington find an offensive rhythm. UI moved into the Big Sky Tournament semifinals with a 77-73 win in front of 2,365 at the Reno Special Events Center on Thursday night.

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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