MOSCOW, Idaho – The Thunderbirds tipped off their #BigSkyMBB road trip with a loss to the University of Idaho in Moscow on Thursday night, 67-79.
“Hats off to Idaho as they played a tough, physical game to defeat us. We were plagued with foul trouble, which is an issue we need to rectify defensively,” head coach Todd Simon said. “While we were able to convert 3’s and free throws, we missed far too many shots at the rim to be effective.”
Randy Onwuasor led the Thunderbirds with 27 points. His performance bumped him to a #1 ranking in Big Sky scoring, now averaging 23.3 points per game.
John Marshall added 12 points in the loss. The Thunderbirds shot hot from the free throw line, pouring in 22-of-25.
“The guys played extremely hard, and I am proud of the energy they gave,” Simon said.
Both teams struggled shooting early in the game, but the Thunderbirds found a rhythm and earned a 21-12 lead with 7:12 to play in the first half before the Vandals battled from behind to pull ahead by one at halftime with a 28-27 advantage.
The Vandals led at 40-31 to launch the second half before a nine-point Thunderbird streak, which was topped off with a James McGee three, knotted the game at 40-40. Idaho pulled back ahead for an 11-point lead with six minutes to play. The Vandals held to their lead, resulting in a 79-67 Big Sky victory.
The loss drops the Thunderbirds #BigSkyMBB record to 2-4.
Southern Utah wraps up its Big Sky road trip on Saturday in Cheney, Wash., as they take on Eastern Washington at 2:00 p.m. (MST).
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