CEDAR CITY — Just three days after getting embarrassed by one in-state rival on the way to an 0-5 start, Southern Utah University showed how important a change of scenery can be.
At home for the first time this season, the T-Birds overcame a slow start, turning up the heat in the second half en route to a convincing 68-47 victory over Weber State.
Leading 30-28 early in the second half, SUU went on a 20-5 run over a six minute stretch that sealed the victory.
Three-pointers by Steve Barnes and Henry Uhegwu started the streak, which continued with Barnes hitting three-of four free throws after first WSU head coach Joe Cravens and then the Wildcats bench were whistled for technical fouls.
"This one gives us confidence," said SUU's Nate Janes afterward. "We came out a little tight, but we got more patient and less selfish in the second half and a lot of guys came through," said Janes, who scored a game-high 20 points start to get easier."
Evans acknowledged that the T-Birds were starting to feel the pressure, "but once we got rolling, you could see them relax and play.
Relax was an understatement, as SUU scorched the nets in the second half with 68 percent shooting, including hitting 6-of-9 from behind the 3-point line.
On the other bench, WSU head coach Joe Cravens had a good idea what happened.
"Blame it on a lack of respect for our opponent," WSU head coach Joe Cravens said afterward. "I preached to our guys that we can't buy into their record."