SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS

Southern Utah Men’s Basketball Beats Life Pacific For First Victory

Nov 9, 2023, 8:58 PM

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(Courtesy of SUU Athletics)

(Courtesy of SUU Athletics)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Southern Utah men’s basketball team earned its first victory of the 2023-24 season by defeating the Life Pacific Warriors.

SUU Thunderbirds pick up first win

The Thunderbirds hosted the Warriors at America First Events Center in Cedar City, Utah on Thursday, November 9.

SUU beat Life Pacific, 108-73.

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17 seconds into the contest, SUU’s Dominique Ford hit a three-pointer to get the Thunderbirds on the board first.

Less than a minute later, Life Pacific’s Austin Cook buried a triple to tie the scoreboard at 3-3. 45 seconds after Cook’s shot, Parsa Fallas dunked the ball to give SUU a 5-3 advantage.

The Warriors never came within two points of the T-Birds for the remainder of the evening.

By halftime, the Thunderbirds had built their lead to 52-27.

Following the break, Southern Utah’s lead hit 35 points and remained at that margin at the final buzzer.

SUU finished the contest shooting a blazing 59.1 percent from the field, including 38.9 percent from beyond the arc. Life Pacific shot 43.1 percent overall and 37.0 percent from downtown.

Six Thunderbirds scored at least 10 points. Prophet Johnson led Southern Utah with 22 points, four rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Zion Young added 18 points.

Cook had 22 points for the Warriors.

Up Next for Southern Utah men’s basketball

With the win, the T-Birds improved their record to 1-1.

RELATED: Southern Utah Falls In Season Opener To Cal State Bakersfield

Southern Utah’s next game is on the road against the Utah State Aggies on Tuesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. (MT). The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Kyle Ireland is a Sports Producer and Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com. He’s also co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on X/Twitter (@kyleireland), Instagram (@kyleirelandksl), and Threads (@kyleirelandksl).

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