|Close Matchup with China|
SZUZHOU, China – It was an all-out grind for Idaho in its final game of the summer but the Vandals came up just short in the end, falling to the Chinese National Team, 102-94, in overtime.
The Vandals were justifiably gassed after playing their third game in as many nights, and eighth game in 10 days overall. The team came out hot, taking a 38-35 advantage into the half, but China slowly battled back over the final 20 minutes to level the score and force the overtime.
China would take over in the extra frame, outscoring the Vandals 20-12 to earn the win.
Victor Sanders had his best performance of the trip, scoring 27 points in 32 minutes of action. Sanders shot 9-of-15 (60%) from the field and 5-of-10 (50%) from beyond the arc. He also connected on all four free throw attempts and grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
Arkadiy Mkrtychyan also had an excellent night. The junior scored 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting and tore down five boards. Jordan Scott and Nate Sherwood also went into double-figures, finishing with 13 11 points, respectively.
As a team, the Vandals shot 51 percent (39-of-77) from the floor and 30 percent (6-of-20) from beyond the arc. The rebounds were even at 36 apiece, but the Vandals had 12 offensive boards to just nine by China.
China will be competing in the Rio Olympics in August, having qualified by winning the FIBA Asia Championship last Fall.
The team will enjoy another day in China before returning to the States on Saturday.
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