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15th time a charm for Idaho Vandals

MOSCOW, Idaho - It just might be the biggest win for the Idaho Vandals in a long time.  The yellow and black from Moscow beat the blue and orange from down south for the first time in 15 tries.

The Vandals led Boise State by as many as 12 points on three occasions Thursday night, and wound up beating the Broncos 63-59 when the buzzer sounded.  The win means Idaho has an even record at 10-10, along with a 4-3 record in the Western Athletic Conference.

"Unbelievable," said coach Don Verlin, as quoted in a university news release.  "I never thought, early in the season as we were getting this thing going, we could see a crowd like that." 

More than 4,700 fans watched the upset in-person.

Mac Hopson led all scorers with 20 points in the contest, adding 8 assists and 3 steals.  The former Washington State Cougar knocked down 3-of-4 three-pointers.

Mark Sanchez scored 18 for the Broncos and pulled down 14 rebounds.  But as a team, Boise State shot just .368 from the floor.

Idaho had not beaten Boise State since February 2001.  The Vandals' next game is Saturday at home against Nevada.