BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Mason Peatling had 20 points as Eastern Washington beat Southern Utah 77-61 in the Big Sky Conference Tourney semifinals on Friday night.
Kim Aiken Jr. had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Eastern Washington (16-17). Tyler Kidd added 15 points. Jesse Hunt had 10 rebounds and six assists for Eastern Washington.
Southern Utah put up 21 first-half points, a season low for the team.
Cameron Oluyitan had 19 points for the Thunderbirds (16-16). Jacob Calloway added 13 points.
“Ending the conference tournament is always tough, but I was really, really proud of our guys effort,” SUU head coach Todd Simon said following the contest. “I thought our heart and our energy was good, but we were just a little short on our shots. We got cold. We were 1-of-14 at the rim in that first half and we couldn’t quite squeeze one in.”
The Thunderbirds will leave Boise with a .500 record, sitting at 16-16 on the year. That’s the first .500 or better season the T-Birds have had following a conference tournament since the 2006-07 season where they finished 16-14.
The contest was Southern Utah’s third in three days.
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