Thunderbirds Lose Grip On Second Half Lead, Fall To NAU
CEDAR CITY, Utah – The Southern Utah men’s basketball lost a second half lead and suffered their sixth loss of the season to the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks.
The Thunderbirds fell to the Lumberjacks 75-72 at the America First Events Center on Thursday, January 16.
After leading the Lumberjacks 45-36 at halftime, the T-Birds maintained their advantage until midway through the second half.
With 12:55 remaining, Northern Arizona’s Bernie Andre nailed a three-point jumper to tie the game at 53 points apiece.
Southern Utah retook the lead with after a Maizen Fausett free throw but the Lumberjacks wouldn’t fall away.
A Brooks DeBisschop layup with 9:41 left to play put NAU up 58-57 and gave the Lumberjacks the lead for good.
SUU got back within a point with 4 seconds remaining before Cameron Shelton iced the game for NAU with a couple of free throws.
Cameron Oluyitan led the Thunderbirds with 22 points on 7-9 shooting but was the only SUU starter to score in double figures.
The T-Birds John Knight III scored 18 points off the bench on 7-12 field goals.
NAU was led by Shelton and Andre who each scored 19 points.
Southern Utah fell to 10-6 on the season and 3-2 in conference play.
Northern Arizona improved to 8-7 overall and 2-4 in the Big Sky.
The Thunderbirds host the Sacramento State Hornets on Saturday, January 18 at 1 p.m. (MDT).
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