RENO, Nev. (AP) — Brandon Better scored a career-high 27 points, Jadon Cohee added 20 and No. 10 seed Southern Utah upset second-seeded Idaho 92-78 on Thursday night in a Big Sky Conference Tournament quarterfinal.
Southern Utah (13-18) avenged a pair of regular-season losses to the Vandals, including a 78-76 defeat on Saturday, and will move on to a Friday semifinal game. The Thunderbirds also snapped a five-game losing skid against Idaho.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Brandon Better scored 18 points, Dwayne Morgan had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Southern Utah beat Idaho State 76-68 on Tuesday night in the first round of the Big Sky Conference Tournament.
Jadon Cohee added 15 points and Jamal Aytes had 10 for 10th-seeded Southern Utah (12-18), which faces No. 2 seed Idaho (22-8) in a Thursday quarterfinal.
Crandall lifts North Dakota past Southern Utah, 61-57
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Geno Crandall scored North Dakota's only two baskets in the final eight minutes, but his second one with 17 seconds left was enough to give the Fighting Hawks a 61-57 victory over Southern Utah in a Big Sky Conference clash Thursday night.
The victory was North Dakota's fifth straight over Southern Utah and snapped a three-game losing streak. North Dakota leads the all-time series 9-3.
Montana State goes cold but hangs on to beat Southern Utah
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Tyler Hall had 23 points and eight rebounds on Saturday and Montana State overcame its cold shooting down the stretch to beat Southern Utah 69-66.
The Bobcats (12-10, 5-4 Big Sky) shot 1 of 17 from the field to finish the game. Keljin Blevins' layup with 6:03 left made it 58-54 and was their only field goal over the final 12:41. In the final six minutes, Montana State made 11 of 15 from the foul line to hold its lead and snap a four-game losing streak.
S Utah edges E Washington 66-62 in OT
CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Brandon Better scored 13 points with four 3-pointers, Jamal Aytes added 11 points and Southern Utah beat Eastern Washington 66-62 in overtime on Saturday.
Southern Utah picks up first conference victory, 81-75
CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Brandon Better scored 19 points, Jadon Cohee 18 and Southern Utah defeated Northern Arizona 81-75 on Saturday for the Thunderbirds' first Big Sky Conference victory this season.
Better made four 3-pointers and Southern Utah (7-9, 1-4) hit 9 of 20 from the arc while shooting 52 percent overall in snapping a five-game losing streak. Dwayne Morgan added 14 points, Jamal Aytes 12 and Dre Marin 10.
Harding, Braxton pace Weber St. past S. Utah 92-76
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Jerrick Harding tied a career-high with 31 points and Zach Braxton finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds and Weber State beat Southern Utah 92-76 on Saturday.
The 6-foot-1 Harding shot 60 percent from the field (12 of 20) while Braxton tied his career highs in points and rebounds.
After trailing 43-32 at halftime, Southern Utah used an 8-2 run capped by three free throws from Brandon Better and the Thunderbirds trailed 57-54 with 11:26 to go.
Hall, Frey lift Montana State over Southern Utah 104-99
CEDAR CITY , Utah (AP) — Tyler Hall poured in 36 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the floor, including 8 of 14 from 3-point range, and Harald Frey added a career-best 30 points with six assists and four steals to help Montana State hold off Southern Utah 104-99 on Thursday night in a Big Sky Conference opener.
Better guides Southern Utah past San Diego Christian 87-68
CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Brandon Better totaled 21 points, eight rebounds and three steals and Southern Utah moved above .500 for the first time under second-year coach Todd Simon with an 87-68 victory over NAIA member San Diego Christian on Saturday.
Jadon Cohee was 10 of 10 at the free-throw line and scored 16 for the Thunderbirds (4-3), while Jamal Aytes added 14 points and Dre Marin and Christian Musoko each scored 13. Southern Utah won just six games in Simon's first season.
Better, Cohee lead Southern Utah to 81-69 win over SJSU
CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Brandon Better had all 15 of his points in the first half and Jadon Cohee finished with 19 as Southern Utah started fast and held on for an 81-69 win over San Jose State on Thursday night.
Better outscored the Spartans early as he drilled four from beyond the arc and converted a 3-point play to give Southern Utah a 30-14 lead with 4:10 left in the first half.
Tinkle returns, leads Oregon State past Southern Utah, 99-82
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Tres Tinkle said it felt great being back on the court again.
"We put in so much work this offseason to make sure we show people what we're capable of doing," he said.
Tinkle had 24 points and six rebounds as Oregon State beat Southern Utah 99-82 in the season opener for both squads Friday night.
In his first game in nearly a year due to injury, Tinkle drove the lane, made free throws and scored from long distance. He shot 8-for-11 from the field.