|Macedonia Still Too Tough|
ZHUZHOU, China – For the third time in China the Vandals came up just short against a very talented Macedonia squad, falling on Wednesday 85-79.
Macedonia took an 11-point advantage into the break after outscoring Idaho 18-10 in the second quarter. The Vandals would fight back, winning the third and fourth quarters, but eventually fell by six.
Nate Sherwood had an excellent game. The redshirt sophomore led the team with 16 points and nine boards on the night, including four offensive. Victor Sanders also finished with 16 points.
Perrion Callandret was all over the box score, scoring 12 points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing out five assists. Tyler Brimhall also went into double figures, finishing with 12 points.
Macedonia shot well, converting on 53.3 percent (32-of-60) from the floor and 39.1 percent (9-of-23) from beyond the arc. Idaho shot 41.8 percent (33-of-79) from the field and 36.7 percent (11-of-30) from range.
The difference in the game came at the charity stripe, with Macedonia attempting 23 to just four by the Vandals.
Macedonia’s Xavier Thames and Ratko Varda were impressive all night. Thames, the former Mountain West Player of the Year, led all scorers with 25 points, while Varda added 21 of his own.
The Vandals close out the trip against the Chinese National Team on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 6 a.m. Pacific and will be streamed at http://bit.ly/28T75PD
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