By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director (Media Relations)
Cedar City, Utah – Jayson Cheesman scored on a layup with 12 seconds to play to give Southern Utah a come-from-behind 73-72 victory over Cal State Northridge in a Ramada Worldwide Bracketbusters game on Saturday night at the Centrum.
CSUN held an 18-5 lead with 14:09 to go in the first period, but the Thunderbirds steadily mounted a comeback to take a 35-34 halftime lead.
The game was close throughout the second half. CSUN's biggest lead of the second half was only one point while Southern Utah held its biggest lead of five points three times in the final 20 minutes.
A Stephen Maxwell layup with 40 seconds to play cut the Thunderbirds lead to 71-70. A steal by Stephan Hicks and a drive to the basket by Hicks gave CSUN a 72-71 lead.
But the Matadors could not hold the lead. A missed jumper by SUU followed by a Thunderbird offensive rebound was followed by a layup for the winning basket by Cheesman.
A jumper by Trevone Williams missed its mark in the final seconds. Maxwell grabbed the rebound but a wild, over-the-shoulder shot with four seconds on the clock missed its mark.
Final Score – Southern Utah 73, Cal State Northridge 72.
"It was a tough loss. We didn't get the (defensive) stops when we needed them. In the final 3:43 minutes of the game, they scored eleven points. We needed to get a stop but didn't get it. At the end, we got a stop but they got the offensive rebound and got an uncontested layup for the go-ahead basket."
Maxwell led the Matadors with 20 points and nine rebounds.
"We really came out strong to start the game," said Braswell. "But we just letup defensively. On the offensive end, we need some veteran guys to step up and make some plays. Tonight there was no consistency on the offensive end besides Stephen Maxwell and Brandon Perry. We've got some veteran guys we need to get better production out of."