T-Birds Top New Mexico State In A Three Point Rainstorm
It may have been snowing outside, but Thursday night inside the America First Event Center, it was raining, and raining pretty hard. SUU hit 20 three pointers and ran away from defending WAC Champion New Mexico State 111-76. The Thunderbirds took both contests this year over the Aggies. The 20 from deep broke the old school record of 16 treys against Northern Arizona back in December of 2016. SUU just missed matching the WAC record of 21 three pointers in a game held by Seattle University and Utah Tech. In all, six Thunderbirds hit from beyond the arc, Tevian Jones, Cameron Healey, Dee Barnes, Zion Young, Harrison Butler and Maizen Fausett all hit from deep. SUU's 35 three point attempts was the fourth highest in school history. Thursday's game was also the fifth time this season that the Thunderbirds hit the century mark. Six of the T-Birds had double digit scoring led by Tevian Jones who poured in 18 points. Fausett and Butler each chipped in 15 points in the victory. The T-Birds used a 10-0 run to erase an 9-4 lead by New Mexico State to go up 14-9 going in to the first media time out of the night. SUU was up 58-38 at halftime. For the night SUU shot 63.8% from the field, 57.1% from beyond the arc and 85.0% from the charity stripe. The win moves SUU to 6-1 in WAC play with an overall record of 14-6. The Thunderbirds will face a big test Saturday in the Pacific Northwest as they will attempt to hand Seattle University their first conference loss. Tip off is set for 4:00PM Mountain Time at the Redhawk Center in Seattle.