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Hot Eagle Shooting Downs Thunderbirds in Centrum Arena

March 02, 2017
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah – Hot second half Eagle shooting stumped the Thunderbirds as SUU fell to Eastern Washington, 91-75.

Randy Onwuasor led the the Thunderbirds in the loss after pouring in 28 points. Onwuasor shot 50 percent from the field and finished with four assists and one steal.

“We had great looks. There was a stretch where we had it real close and we had some clean looks,” head coach Todd Simon said. “We have a number of guys who are 45 percent three-point shooters and when they’re wide open, they’re 70 percent. A bunch of them just rattled in and out. We can’t argue with the looks that we had.”

After shooting 8-of-16 from the three-point line in the first half, the Thunderbirds shot just 4-of-19 in the second half for a 12-of-35 total. SUU finished the game just 21.1 percent from the field.

The Thunderbirds took a 10-6 lead to begin the game before John Marshall finished a reverse layup and James McGee drained a trey to extend SUU’s lead to six. The Eagles pulled ahead with a few minutes remaining in the half before three Onwuasor treys and one from Ivan Madunic forced a one point game.

EWU captured a 43-41 halftime lead.

At halftime, Onwuasor led all scorers with 15 points after shooting 5 of 7 from the field and a perfect 3 of 3 from the three-point line. The Thunderbirds finished the first half 51.9 percent from the field.

The back-and-forth battle continued into the second half. EWU crept ahead before Race Parsons drained a three to force a two-point game with just under nine minutes to play.

The Eagles found their sweet-spot to round out the game, guiding them to a 91-75 victory.

Eastern Washington finished the game 23-of-24 from the free throw line, 33.3 percent from the field, and 55 percent from the three-point line. The Thunderbirds finished atop in offensive boards (11-4) and turnovers (5-13).

Next Up

The Thunderbirds conclude #BigSkyMBB play in the Centrum Arena on Saturday, March 4, at 4:00 p.m. as they host the University of Idaho Vandals. 

The game will mark the final match up in the Centrum Arena for seniors John Marshall, Race Parsons, and Will Joyce. 

Hall of Fame Unveiling

Join us prior to the game as we unveil our reconstructed Kent B. "Red" Dover Athletic Hall of Fame at 2:30 p.m. in the west lobby of the Centrum Arena.

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