NCAA Basketball

Southern Utah rallies past Pepperdine in overtime, 78-69

CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) Cameron Oluyitan scored seven of his 15 points in the final two minutes of overtime as Southern Utah rallied to beat Pepperdine for the third time in four meetings, 78-69 on Saturday afternoon.

Southern Utah grabbed the lead early and led by six at the break, 36-30. The Waves trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half but came back to take the lead on a Kessler Edwards 3 with 6:01 left, 56-54.

Colby Ross hit his third jumper in the final four minutes to put Pepperdine ahead in the final minute of regulation, 64-62, but Oluyitan scored at the basket with a second left to force overtime.

Pepperdine led, 68-64 midway through the overtime period but could not hold it. The Thunderbirds scored the next eight points, including a 3-point play by Oluyitan, and closed the game on a 14-1 run.

Brandon Better hit 5 of 14 from distance and finished with 17 points for Southern Utah (5-3), which closes out its nonconference slate Friday at USC and is assured of a better-than-.500 record for a second straight season for the first time in program history.

Ross scored 24 points and dished seven assists for Pepperdine (6-5).

Updated December 15, 2018

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