S. Utah comes back from 18 down to defeat Missouri-Kansas City 78-73

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP)—Geoff Payne made a three-point play with 31 seconds left to give Southern Utah its first lead, and the Thunderbirds rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Missouri-Kansas City 78-73 Saturday night.

Payne scored 23 points to lead Southern Utah (6-17, 4-8 Summit), which trailed 45-27 in the second half but outscored the Kangaroos (8-17, 3-9) 15-1 in the final 3:32.

Tyler Quinney, who hit a clinching layup with 21 seconds left, scored 18 points for the Thunderbirds. Dax Crum and Nurudeen Adepoju came off the bench to score 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Tim Blackwell scored 23 points for Missouri-Kansas City, which shot 70 percent in the first half and led 39-27 at halftime.

Brian Gettinger went 3-for-3 from 3-point range and 4-for-4 from foul line to score 13 points for the Kangaroos.

Crum hit a 3-pointer from the right wing with 1:21 left, bringing the Thunderbirds within a basket, 73-71.

After Missouri-Kansas City’s Reggie Hamilton missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 52 seconds to go, Southern Utah ran the clock down to 38 seconds and called a timeout.

Coming out of the timeout, Mike Josserand found Payne open cutting to the basket. Payne hit the layup and Jeremiah Hartsock fouled him. The ensuing free throw gave the T-Birds a 74-73 lead.

Quinney s layup and Josserand’s two free throws with three seconds left clinched it.

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 Mo. Kansas City
Tim Blackwell Tim Blackwell
6-10,  23 Pts
0 Rebs, 3 Assists
 Southern Utah
Geoff Payne Geoff Payne
3-9,  23 Pts
6 Rebs, 3 Assists

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