Lincoln, Neb. • Cameron Oluyitan hit a 10-foot jumper with 2 seconds remaining to give Southern Utah a 79-78 double-overtime win over Nebraska on Saturday.
Southern Utah (2-0) trailed Nebraska (0-2) by 11 at the half and led only twice in the final 20 minutes of regulation.
Dwayne Morgan hit four free throws in the final 16 seconds to put the Thunderbirds up 69-66 with 4.7 seconds left. But Nebraska’s Jervay Green hit a 30-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to its first overtime.
Both teams struggled to score in the first overtime, sending the game to the second extra period tied at 69-69.
The Huskers took a 76-75 lead with 1:45 left in the second overtime on a pair of Dachon Burke free throws. But Southern Utah got a Harrison Butler dunk with 41 seconds left to cut the Nebraska lead to one, setting the stage for Oluytan’s game winner.
Nebraska saw its halftime lead cut to one by Southern Utah’s Jakolby Long, whose goaltended layup made the score 54-53 with 7:43 remaining. Cam Mack responded for Nebraska, hitting two jumpers to put the Huskers back up by five.
But Nebraska couldn’t stretch the lead and Southern Utah used a 5 -0 spurt to go up 65-64 on Dre Marin’s 3-pointer with 1:55 left.
Nebraska opened up a 14-point lead late in the first half against the cold-shooting Thunderbirds, who missed their first 11 3-point attempts and made just 30 percent of their shots in the half.
Morgan led Southern Utah with 19 points. Malzen Fausett had 13 points. Long had 11 points. Oluytan had 11 points and Long and Marin added 10 points each for the Thunderbirds.
Saturday’s game was the first in a three-week stretch that will see the T-Birds play six of seven games on the road.
Denver 74, Utah Valley 62 • In Denver, Joseph Lanzi had a career-high 20 points as the Pioneers defeated the Wolverines.
Jase Townsend had 18 points and Ade Murkey added six rebounds for Denver (1-1).
Brandon Averette had 17 points for the Wolverines (1-1). Trey Woodbury added 12 points and six rebounds and Isaiah White had nine points and 10 rebounds.
The Pioneers pulled away late in each half. After the score was tied 26-26, Denver went on a 13-4 run to lead 39-30 at halftime.
UVU started strong in the second half to take the lead. But with Denver up just 51-50, Lanzi hit a pair of 3-pointers for a seven-point lead, and the Pioneers never looked back.
Denver is at Utah State on Tuesday. Utah Valley takes on Ottawa (Ariz.) at home on Tuesday.
Washington State 67, BYU 50 • In Pullman, Wash., despite getting 19 points from Paisley Johnson and a career-high 14 from Jasmine Moody, BYU dropped its season opener.
Brenna Chase Drollinger was also in double figures for the visiting Cougars, scoring 10 points to go along with six rebounds.
Moody added a team-high eight rebounds and a block, while Sara Hamson had seven rebounds, one block and one steal.
BYU shot 26% on the night compared to Washington State’s 40% and had just three bench points compared to the homestanding Cougars’ 26.
Washington State improved to 2-0.
No. 4 BYU 8, Loyola Marymount 1 • In Provo, the Cougars claimed the West Coast Conference title and finished the regular season undefeated for the first time in program history with a lopsided victory over Loyola Marymount at South Field.
Lizzy Braby and Mikayla Colohan each scored twice for BYU (18-0-1, 8-0-1 WCC), and Elise Flake, Danika Serassio, Ella Ballstaedt and Ashton Brockbank each scored a goal.
LMU fell to 4-12-3, 3-5-1.
No. 11 BYU 3, San Francisco 0 • In San Francisco, the Cougars swept the Dons 25-17, 25-14, 25-23.
Sophomore Madelyn Robinson had 13 kills and eight digs for the Cougars (22-3, 13-1 West Coast Conference) while sophomore Heather Gneiting added seven kills and six blocks.
Freshman Whitney Bower registered her seventh double-double of the year with 28 assists, 10 digs, five kills and two blocks. Junior Taylen Ballard-Nixon contributed four kills, four digs, five blocks and an ace.
BYU will be at San Diego (20-5, 13-1) Friday in a battle of conference leaders.
No. 16 Utah 3, No. 23 UCLA 1 • In Los Angeles, the Utes won their fourth straight match, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-22, over the Bruins, earning a weekend road sweep of the Los Angeles schools for the first time in program history. It is also the first time the Utes went 4-0 against USC and UCLA in a season.
Dani Drews led the team with 19 kills and Kenzie Koerber had 14 hitting .400 and led the team with 15 digs.