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Oluyitan lifts S. Utah over Nebraska 79-78 in 2OT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Southern Utah's Cameron Oluyitan had no doubt that the 10-foot jumper he let go with 2 seconds left in double overtime would go in and lift the Thunderbirds to a 79-78 come-from-behind win over Nebraska Saturday.

''I work on that every day,'' Oluyitan said. ''I was here at 7 in the morning, this morning working on that. Right when it left my hands I knew it was going in... It's my first real game-winner. I couldn't be happier.''

Southern Utah (2-0) trailed Nebraska (0-2) by 11 at halftime 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.

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 Oluyitan'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 led by 14 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.

Huskers coach Fred Hoiberg was disappointed with the loss but saw improvement in his squad.

''If we continue to take steps, the results will take care of themselves,'' he said. ''That's the biggest thing for our group right now, to continue to go out there and battle. I'm proud of the way they went out there and battled and fought. (SUU) is a good team. They're long, they're athletic and look like a lot of Big Ten teams will. Now that we've seen that length, hopefully we'll be better next time we see it.''

As for Southern Utah, coach Todd Simon praised his team's tenacity and resilience as they continued to fight back in the second half and overtimes. But it was Oluyitan who put the win in perspective for the Thunderbird program.

''It's a big-time win for SUU,'' Oluyitan. ''You don't get a lot of wins like that in the Big Sky. To come in here and beat a Big Ten team on the road is big. It's really big for SUU.''

Morgan led Southern Utah with 19 points. Malzen Fausett had 13 points. Long had 11 points. Oluyitan had 11 points and Long and Marin added 10 points each for the Thunderbirds.

Kevin Cross had 19 points to lead Nebraska. Green had 18 points and Burke and Mack had 13 points each.

BIG PICTURE

Nebraska: Nebraska has struggled from the 3-point line in its first two games. The Huskers hit just 6 of 26 three-point attempts in their season-opening loss to UC Riverside Tuesday. Nebraska missed its first five shots from three-point range Saturday and finished 5 of 26.

Southern Utah: 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. Their only home game will come Nov. 29 against West Coast Baptist.

UP NEXT

Nebraska hosts South Dakota St. Friday

Southern Utah is at BYU Wednesday

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Harrison Butler 1.0
  Nebraska missed jump shot 1.0
+ 2 Cameron Oluyitan made jump shot, assist by Dre Marin 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Southern Utah 13.0
  Nebraska missed 3-pt. jump shot 15.0
+ 2 Harrison Butler made dunk, assist by Dwayne Morgan 42.0
+ 2 Kevin Cross made layup, assist by Dachon Burke Jr. 55.0
+ 1 Dwayne Morgan made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:20
+ 1 Dwayne Morgan made 1st of 2 free throws 1:20
  Personal foul on Dachon Burke Jr. 1:20
+ 1 Dachon Burke Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:30
Team Stats
Points 79 78
Field Goals 31-76 (40.8%) 27-73 (37.0%)
3-Pointers 4-23 (17.4%) 5-26 (19.2%)
Free Throws 13-21 (61.9%) 19-29 (65.5%)
Total Rebounds 58 44
Offensive 13 8
Defensive 40 32
Team 5 4
Assists 10 15
Steals 7 9
Blocks 7 5
Turnovers 16 13
Fouls 23 17
Technicals 1 0
19 PTS, 11 REB, 1 AST
19 PTS, 5 REB
12OT2OTT
away team logo Southern Utah 2-0 26433779
home team logo Nebraska 0-2 37323678
Team Stats
away team logo Southern Utah 2-0 84.0 PPG 49.7 RPG 15.3 APG
home team logo Nebraska 0-2 62.5 PPG 39 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
25
D. Morgan F 13.7 PPG 5.7 RPG 1.3 APG 48.4 FG%
1
K. Cross F 11.5 PPG 4.0 RPG 0.0 APG 36.0 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Morgan F 19 PTS 11 REB 1 AST
K. Cross F 19 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
40.8 FG% 37.0
17.4 3PT FG% 19.2
61.9 FT% 65.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Morgan 19 11 1 6/16 0/4 7/8 4 35 2 1 4 4 7
C. Oluyitan 11 7 0 5/11 1/4 0/0 3 38 1 0 1 1 6
D. Marin 10 5 3 3/10 2/8 2/2 2 38 0 1 1 0 5
A. Adams 8 11 0 4/7 0/0 0/1 4 25 0 0 1 3 8
J. Knight III 2 2 1 1/7 0/1 0/0 1 21 0 3 3 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Morgan 19 11 1 6/16 0/4 7/8 4 35 2 1 4 4 7
C. Oluyitan 11 7 0 5/11 1/4 0/0 3 38 1 0 1 1 6
D. Marin 10 5 3 3/10 2/8 2/2 2 38 0 1 1 0 5
A. Adams 8 11 0 4/7 0/0 0/1 4 25 0 0 1 3 8
J. Knight III 2 2 1 1/7 0/1 0/0 1 21 0 3 3 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Fausett 13 8 1 5/10 1/5 2/6 0 24 0 1 3 2 6
J. Long 10 2 2 4/8 0/1 2/2 4 37 4 0 3 1 1
H. Butler 6 5 2 3/7 0/0 0/2 4 22 0 0 0 0 5
D. N'Diaye 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 10 0 1 0 1 1
I. Madunic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Cornish - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hoppo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Verdugo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. McEntire - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 79 53 10 31/76 4/23 13/21 23 250 7 7 16 13 40
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Green 18 8 1 6/18 2/8 4/6 2 46 3 1 2 2 6
D. Burke Jr. 13 4 2 4/10 1/4 4/4 4 33 1 1 1 0 4
H. Cheatham 4 5 1 1/3 0/0 2/5 3 35 2 1 1 0 5
Y. Ouedraogo 2 5 0 1/6 0/0 0/0 1 14 0 0 2 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Green 18 8 1 6/18 2/8 4/6 2 46 3 1 2 2 6
D. Burke Jr. 13 4 2 4/10 1/4 4/4 4 33 1 1 1 0 4
H. Cheatham 4 5 1 1/3 0/0 2/5 3 35 2 1 1 0 5
Y. Ouedraogo 2 5 0 1/6 0/0 0/0 1 14 0 0 2 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Cross 19 5 0 8/15 1/3 2/2 1 36 0 1 2 3 2
C. Mack - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Thorbjarnarson 7 4 0 2/3 1/2 2/2 1 22 1 0 1 0 4
M. Kavas 2 2 0 0/3 0/2 2/4 2 19 0 0 0 0 2
S. Curtis 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 3 0 0 1 0 0
S. Stevenson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Banton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Easley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Arop - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Piatkowski - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Porter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 78 40 15 27/73 5/26 19/29 17 208 9 5 13 8 32