Southern Utah Suffers Heartbreaking Loss To Montana State

Nov 30, 2022, 9:48 PM | Updated: 9:48 pm

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Southern Utah guard Tevian Jones (Courtesy of Southern Utah Athletics)

(Courtesy of Southern Utah Athletics)

CEDAR CITY, Utah – The Southern Utah Thunderbirds suffered a heartbreaking loss, falling to the Montana State Bobcats 86-83 at home on Wednesday.

The game between Southern Utah and Montana State was tied at 83 with 12 seconds left in the game. Deng Dut turned the ball over after Montana State’s RaeQuan Battle stole the ball. Battle ended up making a layup and was fouled by Cameron Healy. Battle made the free throw to put Montana State up by three with four seconds left.

Dut threw up the fullcourt shot but came up short. Maizen Fausett reached the 1,200 career points milestone.

Five Southern Utah Players Score In Double Figures

Tevian Jones led SUU with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Harrison Butler chipped in 17 points and eight rebounds on 6-for-10 shooting from the floor. Healy, Jason Spurgin, and Drake Allen each added 11 points apiece.

As a team, SUU shot 50% from the field, 37% from the three-point line, and 64% from the free-throw line. Montana State had a great first half by outscoring the Thunderbirds 46-35. Southern Utah countered by outscoring the Bobcats 48-40 in the second half but came up short of the win.

Four Montana State players scored in double figures, led by Battle with 29 points on 7-of-11 from beyond the arc. Darius Brown II poured in 17 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Great Osobor dropped 14 points and eight rebounds. Caleb Fuller added 13 points.

The Bobcats shot 50% from the field, 54% from downtown, and 81% from the foul line.

Southern Utah dropped their record to 4-4 on the season with wins over La Verne, Saint Katherine, Bethesda, and Sacramento State. Their losses came against New Mexico, Kansas, Texas State, and Montana State.

The Thunderbirds will be on the road to face another former Big Sky foe Idaho State on Saturday, December 3 at 6:00 p.m. MT on ESPN+. Southern Utah will then return home to face West Coast Baptist College on Tuesday, December 6.

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