Southern Utah center Richard Barton pumped in 30 points as the Thunderbirds whipped Gent Belgium 93-77 in exhibition basketball Monday night.

DaVor Marcelic added 12 points for the Thunderbirds in their first game of the season, and William Allen added 11.Carl Henry scored 34 for Gent, while Larence Grednigo and Andre McCloud each had 13.

Barton scored 17 points in the first half as SUSC took a 39-24 lead with 4:14 left in the half.