In a challenging matchup against Seattle University, Southern Utah University (SUU) Men's Basketball faced a tough loss with a final score of 68-78. The Thunderbirds struggled to find their rhythm in the first half, shooting a mere 28% from the field, which significantly impacted their ability to keep pace with the Redhawks.

Despite a valiant effort in the second half, where SUU mounted a 14-2 run early on, they couldn't maintain momentum. Seattle University's Cameron Tyson swiftly responded with a 5-0 spurt, widening the gap once more. Head Coach Rob Jeter acknowledged the team's resilience but emphasized the need for consistent performance throughout the entire game.

While SUU improved their shooting in the second half, hitting 40% overall, missed opportunities at the free-throw line proved costly, with 10 crucial points left unclaimed. Additionally, allowing 14 second-chance points and conceding 11 three-pointers to Seattle University further exacerbated the Thunderbirds' challenges.

Despite the loss, standout performances emerged from SUU players. Jamari Sibley led the team with 17 points and seven rebounds, showcasing his versatility on both ends of the court. Dominique Ford contributed 16 points and facilitated the offense with five assists, while Zion Young added 11 points in limited playing time.

With this defeat, SUU's overall record drops to 9-16, with a conference play record of 4-10. However, Coach Jeter remains optimistic about the team's potential, citing their resilience and determination as key attributes. As the Thunderbirds continue to refine their gameplay and strive for consistency, they aim to turn close contests into victories and make a meaningful impact in the remainder of the season.

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