CEDAR CITY (AP) — Harrison Butler matched his season high with 21 points as Southern Utah defeated Drake 80-73 in overtime in the first round of the CIT on Friday night.
Cameron Oluyitan had 15 points for Southern Utah (17-16). Dre Marin added 14 points. Brandon Better had 12 points for the hosts.
Noah Thomas had 19 points for the Bulldogs (24-10). Liam Robbins added 14 points. Anthony Murphy had 13 points.
The win is the first postseason tournament win in Southern Utah's Division I history.
"We're really excited," Marin said. "Getting in the postseason was one of goals from the get-go and to get this first postseason win here too, I'm just truly blessed and humbled."
Southern Utah's bench outscored Drake's 26-6.
The Bulldogs only used seven players in the contest.
The Thunderbirds will host Western Athletic Conference foe CSU Bakersfield in a second-round game Monday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. MDT. The first 1,000 students will get in for free.
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