SUU Grabs Big Conference Win Over Utah Tech
The Southern Utah University (SUU) Thunderbirds secured their first conference win with a 75-65 victory over the Utah Tech Trailblazers. The game featured standout performances from Dominique Ford and Prophet Johnson, both scoring 23 points. SUU improved their season record to 6-11, with a 1-5 record in conference play.
The first half was marked by a gritty defensive battle, with both teams shooting below 35% from the field. SUU took a narrow 31-28 lead into halftime, and no player had scored in double digits during the first half. The second half saw a shift in momentum for the Thunderbirds. With a one-point lead and 10 minutes remaining, key plays, including a three-pointer by Ford and a steal by Parsa Fallah leading to another triple, extended SUU's lead.
The Thunderbirds' defense was commendable, holding Utah Tech to 65 points, the lowest they've given up all season. SUU limited the Trailblazers to under a point per possession and held them to 40% shooting from the field and 18% from three-point range. Additionally, SUU won the rebounding battle 41-38, despite facing a larger Utah Tech team.
Prophet Johnson's off-the-bench performance was remarkable, scoring 23 points while making an impressive 15-15 from the free-throw line and leading the team in assists. Dominique Ford contributed significantly, scoring 23 points, and Parsa Fallah impacted the game with 15 rebounds despite facing double-teams. Zion Young also made pivotal shots, contributing nine points.
Jaylen Searles led Utah Tech with 13 points and seven rebounds. Head Coach Rob Jeter expressed satisfaction with the hard work of the team, acknowledging the lessons learned from tough losses. The energy from the crowd was highlighted as phenomenal.
Looking ahead, the Thunderbirds will face California Baptist on the road, seeking redemption after a previous loss. The upcoming game presents an opportunity for SUU to build on their recent success and continue climbing in the conference standings.
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