Knight’s bucket lifts Southern Utah over Utah Valley 73-72

Knight’s bucket lifts Southern Utah over Utah Valley 73-72

(Courtesy: SUU Athletics)

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CEDAR CITY (AP) — John Knight III made a layup with 8 seconds left in the game and Southern Utah rallied last in a 73-72 victory over Utah Valley on Saturday.

Brandon Averette had given Utah Valley a 72-71 lead by sinking two free throws with 14 seconds to go before Knight answered for the Thunderbirds (5-4).

Cameron Oluyitan paced Southern Utah with 19 points and seven rebounds. Dwayne Morgan added 15 points, while Maizen Fausett pitched in with 12 points and eight boards. Knight scored 10.

The victory moves the Thunderbirds back above .500, sitting at 5-4 on the season. They also played in front of 3,017 fans and a packed student section inside the America First Event Center.

“We’re just excited,” SUU head coach Todd Simon said. “It was a great program win. … Things we’re going our way, but they stayed with it and played a full 40 minutes. We tried to stay disciplined offensively, and get to the free throw line which was a priority for us, and we were able to manage the last three minutes to pull ahead.”

Trey Woodbury scored 19 for the Wolverines (4-7) with six rebounds. TJ Washington scored 14 but had seven of Utah Valley’s 16 turnovers. Averette finished with 11 points and five assists.

Southern Utah won despite shooting 34% from the floor. The T-birds made 26 of 32 free throws. Utah Valley shot 47% overall and made 12 of 17 foul shots.

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