MISSOULA — Will Cherry and the Montana Grizzlies dominated the Idaho Vandals from the outset Monday night.
"Our guys came out of the locker room with their hair on fire," Montana coach Wayne Tinkle said after the Grizzlies rolled to an easy 75-33 victory.
Cherry led all scorers with 24 points while Brian Qvale terrorized the Vandals on the inside, scoring 21 points. The Grizzlies (2-2) made seven of their first nine shots and jumped out to an early 14-2 lead.
The Vandals, on the other hand, missed 12 of their first 13 shots and failed to find any offensive rhythm against the stingy Montana defense.
Idaho (1-3) shot 12 percent from the field and made only one of its 13 three-point attempts.
"We got to clean up a lot of things," said Idaho head coach Don Verlin. "They beat us in every phase of the game, offensively, defensively and rebounding. It was a total team domination by Montana."
The Grizzlies led 47-12 at halftime. In the second half, the Grizzlies emptied their bench and stretched their lead to a game-high 47 points.
Montana controlled the paint, scoring 42 points from close range, and took advantage of the Vandals' sloppy play, scoring 27 points off 16 turnovers.
"We talked about giving a 40-minute effort and I think we completed that," Qvale said.
The Vandals' sixth and final field goal of the game came with 5:45 left in the second half.
Luiz Toledo's 16 points was nearly half of the Vandals' total output. He made four of Idaho's six field goals. Toledo was 4-for-10 while the rest of the Vandals went 2-for-40.
Brandon Wiley made the Vandals' lone three-pointer, and all nine of Deremy Geiger's points came on free throws as he went 0-for-8 from the field. The Vandals scored 20 of their 33 points from the free throw line.
The 42-point victory was the Grizzlies' largest over the Vandals, surpassing a 38-point win in 1922. Monday was the first time the Grizzlies have faced the Vandals since an 81-69 victory in 2002. The teams meet again Dec. 18 in Moscow, Idaho.