SUU bounced from Mid-Con Tourney

SUU bounced from Mid-Con Tourney

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Austin Montgomery scored 10 of his 18 points in the first half to spark IUPUI to an early lead it never relinquished in a 71-59 victory over Southern Utah in a Mid-Continent Conference tournament quarterfinal game on Sunday night.

Fourth-seeded IUPUI (15-14) advanced to play regular-season champion Oral Roberts on Monday in the semifinals.

Montgomery, a 6-foot-5 junior guard, was 6-of-9 from the field, including 4-of-5 on 3-pointers. He also tied his season high with nine rebounds. Angelo Smith added 10 points for the Jaguars.

Justin Allen, who was 7-of-22 from the field, led the fifth-seeded Thunderbirds (16-14) with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Nurudeen Adepoju scored 13 points for Southern Utah.

Southern Utah cut a 32-21 halftime deficit to 55-52 with 8:15 remaining, but could not get any closer as Adepoju missed a potential tying 3-point attempt and the Jaguars followed with five straight points.

The Thunderbirds trailed 60-54 before baskets by Montgomery and David Barlow gave IUPUI a 10-point advantage. The biggest IUPUI lead was 71-57 with 53 seconds left.

IUPUI shot 47 percent from the field (25-of-53) and held Southern Utah to 30 percent (20-of-67). The Thunderbirds' previous low this season was 41 percent.

The teams split two regular-season meetings. Montgomery had a season-high 30 points in an overtime win at Southern Utah on Feb. 15.

After the game Sunday was tied at 6, IUPUI went on an 11-2 run and was never caught. Montgomery sank a trey in the final seconds of the half to give IUPUI a 32-21 lead.

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