Courtesy SUU athletics strategic communication
Southern Utah's Harrison Butler dunks the ball against Weber State in the T-Birds' 65-53 win over the Wildcats on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at American First Event Center.

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.

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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."