MOSCOW, Idaho – South Dakota State senior Ben Beran needed 13 points to become the 38th member of the SDSU 1,000 Point Club and he got 15 as the Jackrabbits downed Idaho on Wednesday night at Memorial Gym in Moscow, Idaho, by the score of 76-58.
The Jacks second straight win boosts their record to 3-2 heading into Saturday’s home contest with Wisconsin-Green Bay, while the Vandals fall to 1-4 with the loss.
Sophomore sensation Kai Williams tied a career-high with 24 points in the win, and added a team-high six rebounds.
Sophomore Garrett Callahan added 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting (62.5 percent) from the floor, including a 3-for-5 (60 percent) effort from beyond the arc.
True Freshman Clint Sargent pitched in with ten points, which ties a career-high, to round out the double-digit scorers for the Jacks.
The Jacks opened the game on a 12-3 run, but watch their lead vanish in a 9-0 Vandal run that resulted in a 13-12 Idaho Lead.
Callahan ended the run with his second three-pointer of the night, but Idaho would come back to take a short-lived lead again with just under seven minutes left in the first half.
Beran nailed a three the next trip down the court and even though Idaho would come back to tie the game late in the half, a Beran free-throw with five seconds left gave the Jacks a 34-33 lead at the break.
The second half started with three ties and six lead changes before the Jacks put the game away for good on a pair of Williams free-throws with 13:02 left in the game to give SDSU a 48-47 lead.
The Jacks continued to build the lead from there and then ended the game on a 14-1 run over the last 5:37 to secure the 18-point win.
Jordan Brooks led Idaho with 24 points, 15 of which came in the first half and Clyde Johnson pitched in with 12.
The Vandals did out rebound the Jacks 34-32, but SDSU won the turnover battle 17-16.
South Dakota State finished the game shooting 54.9 percent (28-of-51) from the floor and 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from beyond the three-point arc, while the Vandals shot 38.2 percent (21-of-55) from the floor and 14.3 percent (2-of-14) from three-point range.
The Jackrabbits get one more tune-up before the start conference play on Dec. 6, at Centenary, when the host Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday.
Tip-off from Frost Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.