Peppers scores 7 late, Nicholls holds off Idaho 83-80

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Gavin Peppers scored seven of his 21 points in the final seconds as Nicholls held off Idaho 83-80 on Tuesday night.

Idaho’s Cameron Tyson nailed a 3-pointer to close to 76-75 with 30 seconds remaining. Peppers dropped in four straight free throws before Scott Blakney made a layup to trail 80-77. Peppers made two more free throws before Tyson nailed another trey with one second remaining. Peppers was fouled and split a pair of free throws to finish the scoring.

Jeremiah Jefferson led Nicholls (2-2) with 26 points, drilling 6 of 10 from long range. Peppers was 12 of 13 from the free throw line. The Colonels are on a seven-game road swing that will take them to Baylor on Friday.

Tyson nailed 6 of 9 from beyond the arc to total 22 points for Idaho (0-2). Blakney added 18 points with seven rebounds and Marquell Fraser had 12 points with 12 boards.