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Thunderbirds Snap Losing Streak with Victory Over Lumberjacks

February 18, 2017
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah – The Southern Utah Thunderbirds snapped their losing streak in the Centrum Arena with an 84-68 victory over Northern Arizona.

“I’m excited to get a little bit of reward for what we see every day. Their effort and attitude is fantastic,” head coach Todd Simon said. “It was a tangible reward for 40 consecutive, good minutes.”

Randy Onwuasor led all-scorers with 25 points. Jacob Calloway added 16 points points for SUU after shooting five of five from beyond the arch.

“It feels good to win one, get this losing streak over with, and get us on the right track,” Calloway said. “We moved the ball a lot better. There were a lot of extra passes and everyone was making shots tonight.”

The Thunderbirds held the BSC No. 1 offensive rebounding Lumberjacks to just five offensive boards in the match-up and forced 15 NAU turnovers.

After losing 11-straight games, the Thunderbirds brought a complete game to the Centrum Arena, which showed from the very beginning. SUU pulled ahead at 15-4 to begin the game before holding a 41-31 lead at halftime.

After the first half, Onwuasor led the Thunderbirds with 15 points as Marshall led in assists with three.

The Lumberjacks showed up with fire to start the second half, forcing a four-point game just five minutes in. SUU responded with a 13-2 streak to extend their lead back to double-digits at 62-47.

SUU held its advantage throughout the remainder of the game to take a 16-point Big Sky victory over the Lumberjacks.

The Thunderbirds shot 45.8% from the field.

Jordyn Martin led the Lumberjacks with 20 points.  

Back on the Road

The Thunderbirds return to #BigSkyMBB play on the road next weekend as they take on Portland State on Thursday, Feb. 23, and Sacramento State on Saturday, Feb. 25. Both games will tip off at 8 p.m.

Road to Reno

Thunderbird fans, don’t wait to buy your tickets to the Road to Reno basketball tournament for your chance to cheer on our men’s and women’s basketball teams. For more information, visit tbirdtickets.com.

Follow the T-Birds

Keep up with the Thunderbirds by following @SUUBasketball on Twitter and Instagram along with liking SUU Basketball on Facebook.