POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Ajare Sanni nailed a 3-pointer to give Pacific its first lead of the game midway in the second half and the Tigers held on to beat Idaho State 83-76 on Thursday night.
Sanni, who scored all 14 of his points in the second half, hit the trey and then added two free throws for a 62-59 advantage with 9:15 remaining. Idaho State tied it at 73-73 after a Brandon Boyd layup with 3:54 left. Jahlil Tripp answered with a layup and Anthony Townes hit a late jumper to seal the win for Tigers (3-1). Pacific’s only loss was to then No. 7 Nevada on Friday.
Tripp contributed 14 points with six rebounds and five assists and Townes also scored 14 while grabbing seven rebounds.
Idaho State (1-2) led throughout most of the first half and was up 45-39 at halftime. The Bengals led 57-54 before Sanni scored back-to-back 3s to take the lead.