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CEDAR CITY, Utah — And then there were three unbeaten teams in WAC play. Southern Utah could be on that list had it not been for a heartbreaking loss to Tarleton, but they have a chance to give someone their first conference loss on Saturday. The Lumberjacks showed they were legit by being the first visiting team to win at Utah Tech this season on Thursday night. SUU however is not unblemished on their home court since the WAC logos appeared in the paint. That said, the America First Event Center showed on Thursday night why it will be one of the WAC’s most difficult road environments.
Last Time Out
One could argue SUU played its best game of the season on Thursday. That catapulted the Thunderbirds to a huge 86-74 win over Sam Houston. It is a major momentum builder for an even tougher opponent in SFA. One of the Thunderbirds’ biggest struggles this season has been making three-point shots. However, on Thursday night, the threes just did not stop coming. Maizen Fausett was the star of the game with 22 points and going 5 for 5 from three-point land. The 54.2% shooting percentage from distance is by far the best of the season.
On the Lumberjacks
The Lumberjacks get more help off the bench than a lot of teams around the WAC do. SFA got 31 points from players off the bench with two; Roti Ware and Jaylin Jackson-Posey scoring in double figures. The Lumberjacks also have strength in the starting core. Sadaidriene Hall and Latrell Jossell had 20 and 17 respectively. Defending these four players will be key to another big Thunderbird victory. A Thunderbird win assures that only one WAC team will remain undefeated in conference play after Saturday’s slate. Seattle and Utah Valley, the WAC’s other two remaining unbeatens play Saturday night in Orem.