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Southern Utah Sweeps Montana With Another One-Point Win

Dec 5, 2020, 5:29 PM
(Photo courtesy of Southern Utah Athletics)...
(Photo courtesy of Southern Utah Athletics)
(Photo courtesy of Southern Utah Athletics)

CEDAR CITY, Utah – The Southern Utah Thunderbirds were able to get past Montana on Saturday afternoon, 75-74.

They completed the sweep over the Grizzlies, winning the two games by a combined total of two points after a 64-63 win on Thursday night.

The game was tied at 74 with one second left when Nick Fleming made one of his two free throws to give the Thunderbirds the win. Tevian Jones and Dre Marin each scored 19 points to lead the way for Southern Utah. Maizen Fausett added 16 points and 9 rebounds.

“As a program, as you build the thing, you go from some lows, and then you start to hope to win, then you want to win, then now we’re at a stage with our program where we’re expecting to win,” SUU head coach Todd Simon said. “That’s what great teams do, they believe. We never really felt rattled, stuff wasn’t going our way and we weren’t playing a good brand of basketball there for those middle 15 minutes, but we didn’t get rattled.”

Southern Utah shot 43 percent from the field, 30 percent from the three-point line and 81 percent at the free throw line. Kyle Owens scored a game-high 21 points for Montana. Cameron Parker added 19 points off the bench, while Michael Steadman chipped in 13. The Grizzlies shot 50 percent from the floor, 57 percent from downtown and 80 percent at the charity stripe.

The Thunderbirds improved their record to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in Big Sky Conference play. They will hit the road on Wednesday, Dec. 9 to face Utah Valley. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. MST and will be streamed on the KSL TV app.

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