POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Cameron Oluyitan scored 20 points and John Knight III scored 15 off the bench and Southern Utah beat Idaho State 71-55 on Thursday.
Southern Utah built a 20-6 lead almost nine minutes in before the Bengals outscored them 23-13 and trailed 33-29 at halftime.
“It’s tough to win on the road in this league, but if we want to compete for a championship these are the type of games that we need to pull out,” SUU head coach Todd Simon said. “We always say defense travels, and we were pretty happy with ours today."
Austin Smellie’s 3-pointer for Idaho State with 12:34 left ended a nearly four-minute scoring drought for both teams and the Bengals trailed 39-35. But Southern Utah regrouped and outscored Idaho State 21-11 over the next 6-1/2 minutes and led by double digits the rest of the way.
Dwayne Morgan scored 13, also off the bench, as the Thunderbirds’ reserves outscored Idaho State’s 36-16. Despite being outrebounded 34-29, Southern Utah (9-5, 2-1 Big Sky) committed just six turnovers and shot 26 of 53 (49.1%).
Chier Maker led Idaho State (5-7, 2-1) with 15 points and Lyle Sutton scored 10 off the bench.