MOSCOW, Idaho (AP)—Mac Hopson found his mark in the second half and scored 20 points Saturday night as Idaho beat San Jose State 74-66.
Hopson had only three points at the half, but hit three 3-pointers in the opening eight minutes of the second half, his third giving Idaho a 52-43 lead.
Kashif Watson, who finished with 16 points, gave Idaho (11-13, 5-6 Western Athletic Conference) its largest lead of the night when he scored a fast-break layup off a Hopson pass, giving Idaho a 68-52 lead with 3:50 left.
The Vandals were 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the last 1:49 to ice the win.
San Jose State (10-13, 4-8 WAC) was led by Tim Pierce’s 14 points. He scored eight of the Spartans’ first 10 points, giving them a 10-9 lead early in the game.
But Idaho closed out the first half with a 15-2 run and took a 33-30 lead into the break.
Adrian Oliver, the Spartans’ leading scorer, did not play for the second game in a row because of an ankle injury.