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Idaho Men’s and Women’s Basketball recap double-header with LCSC

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The Idaho Vandals hosted the Lewis-Clark State Warriors in a men's and women's basketball double-header.

The women played first and this one was competitive in the first half.

Early in the first, the Warriors suffered a blow.

Returning All-American, Brittany Tackett left the game early and didn't return for the rest of the game.

She's day-to-day with a lower back injury, according to head coach Brian Orr.

That didn't slow the Warriors too much.

Freshman point guard Peyton Souvenir had herself 11-points in the first half.

But the Vandals pulled away in the second.

It seemed like they were hitting all their 3-pointers.

Vandals win 82-67.

After the game, head coach Jon Newlee spoke about his initial reaction to the game.

"I thought we played hard,” Newlee said. “I thought it was like a typical exhibition game really. Turnovers, bad decisions, not great defense at times. But at times really locking down and running some good stuff."

The men's teams played right after the women and this one was dominated by the frontcourt.

Idaho’s 6-7 forwards, Arkadiy Mkrytychyan and Brayon Blake had themselves a day.

Blake led the Vandals in scoring, hitting 21-points and grabbed six boards.

He also made 9 of his 11 shots.

While Mkrytychyan lead the team in rebounds, getting seven, and was second on the team in scoring with 17 points.

He made 7 of his 9 shots.

For the Warriors, they didn't have too bad of a night.

Three Warriors scored double digit points, with Cordell Hankerson leading the way with 14.

Vandals would go on to win 84-59.

Both Blake and Mkrytychyan gave their insights after the game.

"We knew we could take over the game,” Blake said. “Finishing down low, running hard, being the first person down the court. So, we knew we could take over the game down low. So, we just had to do our part and make shots.”

“The big part is, our guards found us in the post,” Mkrytychyan said. “For us to create a good shot and we just work on it in practice every day."

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