SEATTLE — In Southern Utah’s past three games, three-point shots just could not seem to stop coming. However, in a battle for 1st place in the WAC with the Seattle Redhawks, the Thunderbirds seemed to have left their three-point shooting skills in Cedar City. For about 30 minutes, this did not seem to be proving costly. With 10:45 to go, the Thunderbirds held a 46-45 lead. From there, however, things got much, much worse. Seattle went on a 14-2 run to open their first double-digit lead of the contest with seven minutes to go. It only snowballed from there as SUU was outscored 36-15 in the final 10 minutes. For every three that the Redhawks made, the Thunderbirds did not have an answer.
The Eye of the Storm
Tevian Jones and Maizen Fausett were among the only bright spots for the Thunderbirds on a cold day in Seattle. Jones had 21 and Fausett had 16. Jason Spurgin also squeaked out a double-figure performance with 10 points. Harrison Butler had the lone made-three of the day for the Thunderbirds and 6 points overall. It was not enough to weather the Redhawk storm, however. Two players for Seattle combined for 51 points by themselves. Riley Grigsby dropped 33 while Cameron Tyson had 19.
The Thunderbirds do not have a lot of time to regroup. Utah Valley is coming into the America First Event Center on Thursday night. The Wolverine’s lone conference loss of the year came to this very same Redhawks team in Orem. They are undefeated on the road in conference play and just beat Grand Canyon in Phoenix on Saturday night. The three-point shooting woes from this game will have to be fixed and fixed quickly if SUU wants to take down their in-state rivals.