SEATTLE, Wash. — The Southern Utah men’s basketball team fell to 2-5 on the season and 0-2 in WAC play after a 73-63 loss to Seattle University on Saturday.

The Southern Utah University mascot Thor and students, Cedar City, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News

“We don’t know what we don’t know,” said Thunderbirds head coach Rob Jeter. “And right now we are figuring out how tough it is to win at this level. But we are showing glimpses of how good we could really be.”

The first half of the game was back and forth throughout, with the Thunderbirds being within six with just a few minutes left. But a late first-half run by the Redhawks would have them leading by nine going into the break. 

The second half saw Seattle’s lead grow to as many as 17 points, but a late surge by the Thunderbirds cut it to ten.

T-Bird leaders

SUU was led by Zion Young with 14 points on 5-10 from the field, he added two assists and two rebounds on the night as well. Prophet Johnson tacked on 12 points of his own and Dominique Ford poured in 10, including three deep balls. 

Braden Housley led the team with six assists on the night and Chazz Hutchison had his best game, scoring 11 points, grabbing five rebounds and two blocks. 

SUU Thunderbird Chazz Hutchison had his best game, scoring 11 points, grabbing five rebounds and adding two blocks, in a 73-63 loss to Seattle University in Seattle, Washington, Dec. 2, 2023 | Photo courtesy of SUU Athletics, St. George News

SUU as a team shot 39% from the floor and 25% from deep. SUU was below 60% from the free-throw line again. 

“If we can go even 20-25 from the stripe it is a five-point game down the stretch instead of 10,” Jeter said. “That is an area we can control and must be better at.”

The Redhawks were led by Cameron Tyson with 22 points on the night. Brandton Chatfield added 18 and eight rebounds and Alex Schumacher had 14 points and eight assists for Seattle U. 

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The Thunderbirds will stay in-state for their next contest as they travel to Salt Lake City to take on the University of Utah on Dec 5 at 6 p.m.

Written by Parker Haynie, Southern Utah University Athletic Communications.

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