Southern Utah’s longest postseason run in school history was extended Saturday, as the T’Birds beat Portland 77-66 to advance to The Basketball Classic semifinals.

SUU, winners of three straight in the postseason, will play Fresno State in the semifinals next Monday, with a spot in the tournament’s championship game on the line.

How did Southern Utah beat Portland?

  • John Knight III scored 20 points while Marquis Moore added a season-high 15 points off the bench as SUU took control early, building a 12-0 lead early before going into the half leading the Pilots 46-34.
  • The T-Birds shot 53.7% from the field, while holding Portland to 42.6%.
  • “I’m very proud of our guys’ effort against a very good Portland team,” SUU head coach Todd Simon said in a statement. “The squad executed well, and we were able to hold the lead for the entire 40 minutes.”

How can you watch Southern Utah in The Basketball Classic?

  • Southern Utah at Fresno State 
  • The Basketball Classic semifinals
  • Save Mart Center, Fresno, California
  • Monday, March 28, 8 p.m. MDT
  • Livestream: ESPN+
  • “Monday will be a big matchup at Fresno State, which is a top team out of the Mountain West Conference,” Simon said. “With wins over opponents from the MAC, Conference USA, and the WCC thus far in this tournament, a win on the road over a Mountain West opponent would be significant.”

What’s next if Southern Utah wins?

  • If SUU beats Fresno State, the T-Birds will face the winner of Coastal Carolina-South Alabama in The Basketball Classic’s championship game on Wednesday, March 30.