Cedar City, UT (Sports Network) - Wade Collie just missed a double-double,
scoring 18 points and pulling down nine rebounds, as the Southern Utah
Thunderbirds downed the Eastern Washington Eagles, 69-55, in a Big Sky
Conference tilt at Centrum Arena.
For the Thunderbirds (7-12, 5-5 Big Sky), Damon Heuir added 17 points and
Jackson Stevenett finished with 16 points.
Collin Chiverton scored 14 points to lead the Eagles (4-15, 2-7), while Venky
Jois chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Both teams struggled with their shooting to start the game. EWU shot just
33.7 percent from the field, including 3-of-11 from 3-point range. The Eagles
held SUU to 33.3 percent and 1-of-7 from 3-point distance, as they took
a slim, 33-31 lead at the break.
In the second half, the Thunderbirds regained their shooting touch, connecting
on 53.6 percent of their field goal tries, including 1-of-3 from 3-point
range. The Eagles continued to have problems shooting the ball, making only
29.6 percent of their field goal tries, including 3-of-13 from beyond the 3-
point arc. Trailing by two early in the second half, SUU used an 8-0 run to
take the lead for good, eventually going up by as many as 16, as they coasted
The Thunderbirds had the edge on points in the paint, 30-22, and outrebounded
the Eagles, 44-38.
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