Toolson scores 22 to carry BYU over S. Utah 68-63
PROVO, Utah (AP) Jake Toolson scored 22 points, including a dagger of a step-back 3-pointer in the waning seconds as Brigham Young narrowly defeated Southern Utah 68-63 on Wednesday night.
John Knight III scored 14 of his 22 points after halftime and pulled down six rebounds for the Thunderbirds (2-1). Andre Adams added 12 points. Harrison Butler had 11 points and nine rebounds.
Dre Marin scored 4 points despite heading into the contest as the Thunderbirds' second leading scorer at 15 points per game. He was 0 of 5 from 3-point range.
Neither team led by more than six points throughout the second half, and Knight cut the gap to 63-62 driving for a layup with 1:04 remaining,
Toolson drained his game-saving 3 from the top of the key on the other end and SUU didn't get closer than three points after.
The Thunderbirds, coming off a 79-78 defeat of the Big Ten's Nebraska, made more field goals (28 versus 23), had a 38-31 edge in rebounds, outscored BYU 46-22 in the paint but, critically, were 0-for-12 from behind the arc.
Toolson, Haws and Nixon each hit two 3-pointers for BYU, which was 8 of 22 from distance.
Brigham Young matches up against Houston on the road on Friday. Southern Utah takes on UCLA on the road on Monday.
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Updated November 14, 2019