Southern Utah upsets Idaho in the Big Sky tournament
RENO, NV – Upsets in sports are normally a great thing until your team is the one on the wrong side of it.
On Thursday, two-seed Idaho Vandal men’s basketball was upset by 10-seed Southern Utah 92-78, eliminating Idaho from the Big Sky tournament.
In a game where the Thunderbirds shot 59 percent from the field and 61 percent from behind the 3-point line, postgame emotions ran high for the Vandals.
And not just because their season (for the foreseeable future) is over.
“the hardest thing is: I don’t get to coach these guys anymore,” Idaho head men’s basketball coach Don Verlin said, while reaching over, putting his hand on senior guard Vic Sanders’ shoulder. “I’ve got six great seniors who’ve put a great footprint on Vandal basketball and that’s the hardest thing I have to swallow tonight is [knowing] I don’t get to coach them anymore.”
Seniors BJ Blake and Vic Sanders had strong performances.
Blake got another double-double with 27-points and 12 rebounds and Vic Sanders scored 19-points.
“You know, sometimes it’s just not meant to be,” Sanders said, quietly into the microphone. “As a senior, I have no regrets. In four years, I’ve given it everything I’ve got.”
As Verlin stated, Idaho will lose six players next season (at least) because of graduation.
Idaho will now wait and see if they’ll play in a post-season tournament.