Sammie Freeman scored 18 points and grabbed 18 rebounds Saturday night to lead Idaho to an 83-72 non-conference win over Southern Utah State.

Idaho improved its overall record to 12-8 while Southern Utah dropped to 12-8.The Vandals started out fast, building a 23-point lead at 40-17 with 4:38 remaining in the first half, but couldn't keep up the tempo and Southern Utah battled back to trail 43-32 at the half.

The Thunderbirds made their first seven points of the second half from the foul line as Idaho committed 27 fouls to Southern Utah's 26 in a recklessly paced game.

Idaho's Calvin Ward hit four of six 3-point attempts, scoring 16 points, while Keith Stewart went eight of nine from the field for 17 points.

Dana Achtezhn led the Thunderbirds with 21 points, while Yugoslavian import DaVor Marcelic put in 20.