South Alabama was the novelty selling point in this year's Cougar Classic basketball tournament. The Jaguars began using the Loyola-Marymount style run-and-gun offense this season and scored 156 points in their opener.
But this weekend in Provo, the novelty turned into a joke. Southern Utah University was the team doing the running and gunning Saturday night in the consolation game of the tournament, routing South Alabama, 140-72.About the best that could be said for the Jags was that they weren't doubled in the final score.
SUU (4-1) broke multiple Marriott Center and team records with the lopsided win. The Thunderbirds' 140 points and 68-point victory margin are records for both SUU and the Marriott Center. SUU's 14 three-pointers made was also team and arena bests. The T-Birds shot 66.7 percent from the field for the game and outscored the Jaguars 79-25 in the second half.
"I don't like to run up the score and I hope nobody thinks I did," said SUU coach Bill Evans, who substituted freely in the second half. "We just happened to shoot the ball very well and didn't make a lot of mistakes. We played everybody and everybody scored. It was just one of those things."
Senior forward Sean Allen led the way for Southern Utah with 32 points, while reserve forward Aaron Morrison added 29. Keith Berard and Donnie McDade scored 19 and 18 points respectively for the Thunderbirds.