Zion Young Leads Southern Utah Past Texas State Bobcats

Nov 22, 2023, 4:09 PM


(Courtesy of SUU Athletics)

(Courtesy of SUU Athletics)

RUSTON, La. – The Southern Utah Thunderbirds defeated the Texas State Bobcats, 74-67, to improve to 2-3 on the year.

Zion Young led SUU in scoring with 25 points on 8/13 from the field. He added seven rebounds and a block.

The T-Birds will attempt to win two straight for the first time this season against the California Baptist Lancers next Wednesday.

First Half

Texas State led for the majority of the first half.

Easy looks near the rim allowed the Bobcats to jump out to an early 10-3 lead.

Dominique Ford and Zion Young led the Southern Utah comeback in the first half.

Young’s dominance inside and Ford’s ability to knock down jumpers caused problems for the Bobcats’ defense.

The duo combined for half of SUU’s points through the first 20 minutes.

With under two minutes until the break, Southern Utah took its first lead of the game.

SUU led by three at halftime, 28-25.

Second Half

After hopping out in front, the Thunderbirds never looked back.

They opened the lead to seven with nothing but layups and free throws.

After Texas State went on a small run, Southern Utah cracked the game open.

Young scored 8 points in three minutes as the T-Birds opened a double-digit lead with ten minutes to go.

Southern Utah kept its foot on the gas as they cruised to their second win of the season.

The Bobcats were able to close the gap in the final minute but SUU stayed on top.

The Thunderbirds beat the Bobcats by seven, 74-67.

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Chandler Holt is a co-host for the Jazz Notes podcast and a Digital Sports Producer for, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerHoltKSL or on Threads @chandlerho1t.

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