Southern Utah Struggles From Field In Loss To Sam Houston

Feb 25, 2023, 5:34 PM | Updated: 8:34 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – Southern Utah struggled all night with the Bearkats’ pressure, shooting 30.4 percent (17-of-56 FG) in a 64-57 loss to Sam Houston.

The Thunderbirds (19-10, 11-5) traveled to Huntsville, Texas to take on the Sam Houston Bearkats (22-6, 12-4) in a battle of second and third place in the Western Athletic Conference.

SUU entered riding a two-game winning streak. The Thunderbirds held off UT-Arlington 86-76 in their most recent game.

Sam Houston has won four straight and nine of their last ten games. They beat the Lancers of Cal-Baptist in their last game, 56-45.

RELATED: Southern Utah Thunderbirds Take Care Of Business Against Arlington

Tevian Jones led SUU with 15 points while adding seven boards and three assists. Drake Allen added 14 while Harrison Butler scored ten. Allen and Butler each fouled out late.

Qua Grant led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Lamar Wilkerson dropped 15 points in the win.

First Half

Tevian Jones and Maizen Fausett got the Thunderbirds started on the right foot. The duo scored five quick points and SUU took an early 5-2 lead.

RELATED: Utah Valley Fights Off Southern Utah’s Comeback Attempt For In-State Win

There were two lead changes and two ties in the opening minutes as two of the WAC’s best battled. Sam Houston was able to capitalize on ten Thunderbird turnovers in the opening 15 minutes to take a 17-14 lead.

Late in the half, back-to-back threes from Drake Allen and Cameron Healy evened the score at 25 with 1:46 left.

Second Half

Allen started the second half with a steal and breakaway slam.

Both teams struggled to score in the half-court as the defenses stepped up.

Midway through the half, Sam Houston held a 40-35 advantage.  SUU had made just two of their first 11 shots in the half.

RELATED: Southern Utah Goes On Late Run To Beat Tarleton

With Sam Houston in front by eight, Tevian Jones hit his third three of the night to keep SUU close, 43-38.

Kaosi Ezeagu gave the Bearkats their largest lead with a vicious two-handed dunk that put them in front 54-42 with 4:13 to play.

Southern Utah trimmed the lead to four but couldn’t overcome their poor shooting all night long. The Thunderbirds shot 25 percent (8-of-32 FG) in the second half.

Up Next

Southern Utah returns to Cedar City where they will close out the 2023 WAC regular season with a pair of home games.

The Thunderbirds will host the Grand Canyon Antelopes (18-11, 8-7) on Wednesday, March 1.  California Baptist (15-13, 6-8) then comes calling on Friday, March 3. Tip-off for each of these games is scheduled for 7 p.m. (MT).

Take us with you, wherever you go.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

Southern Utah Thunderbirds

Kyle Ireland

Southern Utah Beats North Alabama To Advance In CBI

The Southern Utah men's basketball team advanced from the first round of the CBI with a victory over the North Alabama Lions.
15 days ago
Southern Utah Women's Basketball game winning shot...
Chandler Holt

Southern Utah Loses To Notre Dame In First Ever Tournament Appearance

Southern Utah, 23-9, traveled to Purcell Pavilion to take on Notre Dame, 25-5, in the first round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.
16 days ago
Todd Simon - Southern Utah Thunderbirds...
Chandler Holt

Reports: Bowling Green Hiring Southern Utah Men’s Basketball Coach Todd Simon

Bowling Green is hiring SUU basketball coach Todd Simon. In 2023, Simon led the Thunderbirds to the WAC's third seed with a 22-12 record.
18 days ago
The Associated Press

Southern Utah Women Win First NCAA Tournament Berth

Southern Utah beat California Baptist to win the WAC Tournament championship and the program's first trip to the NCAA Tournament.
21 days ago
Kyle Ireland

Southern Utah Fails To Keep Pace With Grand Canyon In WAC Tournament Final

The Southern Utah men's basketball team fell short in WAC Tournament Final by suffering a loss to the Grand Canyon Lopes.
22 days ago
Chandler Holt

Southern Utah Pulls Off Comeback Win, Advances To WAC Championship Game

Utah Valley, 25-7, matched up with the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, 21-11, in the semifinals of the WAC men's basketball Tournament.
23 days ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
Southern Utah Struggles From Field In Loss To Sam Houston