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Southern Utah falls at East Tennessee State in 'Maui' finale 70-58

By The Associated Press | Posted - Nov 24th, 2019 @ 5:21pm



JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Lucas N'Guessan had 18 points as East Tennessee State defeated Southern Utah 70-58 on Sunday.

Patrick Good had 16 points for East Tennessee State (5-1), which earned its fourth consecutive home victory. Isaiah Tisdale added eight rebounds.

Dwayne Morgan had had a career-high 20 points for the Thunderbirds (3-3). Harrison Butler added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Jakolby Long had 10 points.

John Knight III, whose 14.0 points per game entering the matchup led the Thunderbirds, shot only 17 percent in the game (1 of 6) and finished with five points.

The game was part of the Maui on the Mainland tournament.

The Thunderbirds will return to Cedar City with a .500 record, sitting at 3-3. They have not played at home since their season opener on November 5.

“It’s hard to win on the road in college basketball, and statistically it’s tougher than any other sport, so these road environments are a challenge,” SUU coach Todd Simon said. “In this three week span we’ve played in every time zone, played a Big 10 and Pac-12 team, and this team (ETSU) is as good as any of those teams. They’re going to be a major factor, so it was good to see us give everything we had in this stretch and finally get to head home for a game on Friday.”

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