CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Harrison Butler scored 19 points and collected 13 rebounds and Southern Utah swept the season series from Weber State with a 65-53 victory on Thursday night.
Dre Marin added three 3-pointers and 15 points and Cameron Oluyitan had 10 points for the Thunderbirds (11-10, 6-6 Big Sky), who beat Weber State (14-9, 8-4) in overtime 90-82 on Jan. 5.
“Obviously it was a huge win for the program,” SUU head coach Todd Simon said in a team release. “Weber for so many years has been the class of the Big Sky, an in-state rival, the whole deal. To get that in-state sweep was extra sweet for our guys.”
Michal Kozak scored 12 points and Cody John 11 for the Wildcats. Brekkott Chapman grabbed 10 rebounds.Comment on this story
The game was tied at 8-8 but other than that Southern Utah led. The Thunderbirds took a 33-27 halftime lead and led by as many as 11 in the second half before Kozak scored seven straight points in a 9-1 run to get the Wildcats within three at 48-45 with six minutes remaining. The Wildcats were up five with just under a minute left before scoring the final seven points, four by Marin.
Both teams shot under 40 percent but the Thunderbirds had a 46-33 rebounding edge with 13 offensive boards that led to an 11-0 advantage on second-chance points.
"We had no rhythm tonight and could get ourselves going offensively," said Weber State head coach Randy Rahe said in a team release. "We've had a few guys that haven't practiced this week and that got us out of rhythm and we didn't play well."