Idaho trailed early but took the lead for good at 15-14 when Christmas slammed home a dunk at the 11:27 mark of the first half. The Vandals led 43-38 at the break but could never shake Evergreen State, an NAIA school.
The Geoducks drained 12 of 27 attempts from long range to keep them close. They shot 54 percent from the floor. Idaho made 13 of 16 free throw attempts while Evergreen State was just 4 of 6 from the line.
Shackelford scores 18, Alabama beats Jacksonville St. 81-57
— Jaden Shackelford had 18 points and 11 rebounds as Alabama routed Jacksonville State 81-57 in a season opener on Wednesday night.
UIC roars from 22 down to tip N. Illinois in Yaklich debut
— RayQuawndis Mitchell drained three late 3-pointers and Illinois-Chicago fought from 22 points down in the second half to defeat Northern Illinois 65-61 on Wednesday to give coach Luke Yaklich his first win in Division I.
Quinerly says it was emotional suiting up for Alabama
Villanova transfer Jahvon Quinerly drops a career-high 18 points in his debut with the Crimson Tide as they steam by Jacksonville State 81-57.