Thursday, February 7, 2013

Southern Utah Is Alone In Third Place

It wasn't the most pretty game, but that's not how Southern Utah likes to win anyway. The Thunderbirds were able to go into Pocatello and grind out an 81-79 road win over Idaho State, which, when combined with Montana State's loss, leaves SUU alone in third place in the Big Sky at 8-5.

The Thunderbirds have been accused of being a two man offense, but they won on a night when Jackson Stevenett (7/17, 22 points) and Damon Heuir (6/15, 17 points) did not have their best games. Three other players scored in double figures, the the TBirds shot a blistering 25/28 from the charity stripe, including hitting their last four in the final ten seconds.

Southern Utah also overcame 22 turnovers. This was a big problem for them earlier in the year, but they had gotten better over the last few weeks. Needless to say, they have a chance to be the third best team in the conference when they take care of the basketball. When they don't, they can lose to anyone.

Idaho State put four guys in double figures, but it wasn't enough to get the win. They shot 41% for the game, turning it over 16 times themselves. They played hard and gave themselves a chance to win.

Southern Utah moves to 8-5 in the conference and is almost a lock for the conference tournament. Idaho State falls to 3-10 in Big Sky play, and seems to almost be a lock not to make the conference tournament.

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