Eastern Washington guard Austin McBroon (5) drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Idaho in the Big Sky Conference men's tournament in Reno, Nev., Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Lance Iversen)
Lance Iversen
March 11, 2016

RENO, Nev. (AP) Nate Sherwood scored 19 points, Victor Sanders 17 and third-seeded Idaho beat sixth-seeded Eastern Washington 77-73 in a Big Sky tournament quarterfinal Thursday night.

The Vandals (21-11) play No. 2 seed Montana in a semifinal Friday.

Sherwood was 9-of-10 shooting, Sanders made four 3-pointers and Pat Ingram added 12 points for Idaho, which outscored EWU 44-18 in the paint.

Venky Jois had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Felix Von Hofe made four 3-pointers, but on 12 attempts, in also scoring 17 for EWU. Austin McBroom, the conference's leading scorer, had 12 points, all on free throws, while going 0 for 10 from the field. The Eagles (17-15) stayed in the game by making 22 of 27 free throws to Idaho's 12 of 16.

Two 3-pointers by EWU's Julian Harrell tied the game with 7:20 left but Idaho went on a 9-3 run to lead 71-65 with 4:15 left. Chris Sarbaugh followed his own shot for a putback and Sanders and Perrion Callandret made two free throws each to hold off EWU.

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