November 23, 2008

Golden Eagles sneak past Southern Utah, 69-68

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Junior Will Barnes hit one free throw with six seconds left to give the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team a one point lead, and the Golden Eagles held on to claim a 69-68 non-conference win over Southern Utah as senior Daniel Northern blocked a last-ditch shot by the Thunderbirds to preserve the margin.

Northern's fourth block of the night thwarted the Thunderbirds (1-2), who had covered the length of the court before the buzzer.

Tech (3-0) remained the lone unbeaten team in the Ohio Valley Conference, with a game coming up Monday night in Eblen Center against East Tennessee State at 7:30 p.m.

Things started out slowly for the Golden Eagles as Southern Utah was able to build up an early 7-0 lead, and the Thunderbirds took a 32-26 advantage into halftime.

However, the Golden Eagles hit 15-of-27 second-half shots, and outscored SUU 43-36 in the final 20 minutes to claim the one-point win.

The Golden Eagles had three players score in double figures, led by Northern with 15 points, while junior DJ Lindsey scored 11 and sophomore Alex Davis added 10 with the help of a 2-for-4 shooting performance from 3-point range.

Southern Utah had a 41-33 edge in rebounds, with Tyler Quinney leading the way with a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double. Eules Thompson scored 18 and Davis Baker had 16 for the visitors.