Southern Utah Wins First-Ever Big Sky Conference Championship

Mar 6, 2021, 3:17 PM | Updated: 3:18 pm

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(Courtesy of Southern Utah Athletics)

(Courtesy of Southern Utah Athletics)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Southern Utah men’s basketball team won the 2020-21 Big Sky Conference regular season title after defeating the Portland State Vikings.

It’s SUU’s first-ever Big Sky title in men’s basketball.

The Vikings hosted the Thunderbirds on Saturday, March 6.

Southern Utah used a dominant first half performance to cruise past the Vikings, 73-54.

With the victory, SUU finished the regular season atop the Big Sky standings with a 12-2 record in conference play.

After outscoring the Vikings by 16 points in the first half, the T-Birds flew to an easy 19-point win over the final 20 minutes of action.

Southern Utah finished the contest shooting 60.0 percent from the field and 42.9 percent on three-pointers.

John Knight III led the Thunderbirds with 26 points.

Dre Marin added 19 points.

The Vikings were limited to 36.4 percent shooting, including 28.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Portland State was carried by James Scott’s 17 points.

With the win, the T-Birds improved their overall record to 19-3 this season.

Southern Utah’s next scheduled game will be in the upcoming Big Sky Tournament in Boise, Idaho. The tournament will begin in mid-March.

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Southern Utah Wins First-Ever Big Sky Conference Championship