SUU brings road skid to a screeching halt
OGDEN - Of all places for the well-traveled Southern Utah Thunderbirds to break their nine-game road-losing streak, the Dee Events Center didn't seem to be place to do it.
The Wildcats had lost to Southern Utah at home just once during the 19-game series between the schools and that was 18 years ago.
But thanks to hot shooting in the first half, the T-birds left Ogden with a 62-56 win over Weber State on Wednesday night.
The T-birds made 10 of their first 14 shots and six of their first nine three-pointers to build an early 12-point lead. Southern Utah shot 55 percent in the first half and led 39-31 at halftime.
T-birds coach Bill Evans said his team's quick start was the main reason Southern Utah was able to break its road losing streak.
"It's tough for anyone to play on the road, Evans said. "When you look at the ticker, the team that's on the right is usually the one that wins. We made some shots. You can be as good as you want defensively but you've got to make some shots.
Tim Gainey scored 18 points to lead the T-birds and Canyon View High graduate Rand Janes chipped in a career high 18 points.
Gainey hit the game's biggest shot. With a 55-53 lead in the final minute, Gainey sank a three-pointer with the shot clock running out to put the game out of reach for Weber State.
For Wildcats coach Joe Cravens, the late defensive breakdown was just a microcosm of the poorly played game by Weber State. The Wildcats fell behind in the first half by shooting 31 percent from the field and had a defensive stretch where they allowed the T-Birds to score on seven straight possessions.
"That was maybe the worst performance of any team I've had here, Cravens said. "We had a multitude of breakdowns on both ends. We played like a bad basketball team.
Lance Allred provided about the only bright spot for the Wildcats, as he finished with 18 points and a career high 17 rebounds. He had 12 points and nine rebounds in the first half before Southern Utah switched to a zone defense in the second half, which effectively took him out of the game.
SOUTHERN UTAH 62, WEBER STATE 56
SOUTHERN UTAH (3-3)
Gainey 7-11 0-0 18, Newsom 2-5 0-0 4, N. Janes 5-9 0-1 10, Lincoln 0- 6 0-0 0, R. Janes 7-8 2-5 18, Olsovsky 0-0 0-0 0, Martini 1-2 1-1 3, Barnes 0-1 2-2 2, Baker 1-4 0-0 3, Hall 0-2 0-0 0, Schouten 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 25-51 5-9 62.
WEBER STATE (3-3)
Goodell 3-8 1-2 10, Patten 1-3 0-0 2, Allred 8-12 2-2 18, Stovall 2-8 0-0 4, Cox 3-9 0-2 9, Riggs 1-1 1-1 3, Jenkins 2-6 0-0 4, Parsons 2-5 0-0 6. Totals 22-52 4-7 56.
Halftime-Southern Utah 39, Weber State 31. 3-Point goals-Southern Utah 7-16 (Gainey 4-7, R. Janes 2-3, Baker 1- 3, Lincoln 0-1, Martini 0-1, Barnes 0-1), Weber State 8-24 (Goodell 3-5, Cox 3-9, Parsons 2-4, Patten 0-1, Jenkins 0-2, Stovall 0-3). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Southern Utah 30 (Gainey 8), Weber State 30 (Allred 17). Assists-Southern Utah 10 (R. Janes 3), Weber State 13 (Jenkins 5). Total fouls-Southern Utah 13, Weber State 12. A-4,003.