Dylan Garrity scored 21 points and the Sacramento State Hornets picked up their first Big Sky Conference win of the season, holding the Southern Utah Thunderbirds to 15 first-half points en route to a 77-49 win at the Centrum Arena in Cedar City Saturday night.
The Hornets (5-8, 1-3 Big Sky) put the game away early with a 14-0 run, taking a 17-2 lead with 12:35 to go in the first half. Sacramento State led 36-15 at the break and were up by as much as 36 points before the Thunderbirds (1-11, 0-3) got it a bit closer in the final minutes.
Mikh McKinney added 15 points and five assists for the Hornets, Zach Mills grabbed six rebounds and Joey Quigley blocked two shots. Eleven different Hornets scored in the game.
Trey Kennedy led the Thunderbirds with 11 points, A.J. Hess added 10 and Casey Oliverson pulled down 10 rebounds.
Sacramento State was 29-for-48 (60.4 percent) overall, 9-for-16 (56.3 percent) from 3-point range and 10-for-13 (76.9 percent) from the free-throw line. Southern Utah was 16-for-50 (32 percent), 1-for-12 (8.3 percent) and 16-for-17 (94.1 percent).
The Hornets outrebounded the Thunderbirds 30-24 and forced 13 turnovers while committing only nine.
Sacramento State plays its first conference game at home on Thursday night when Portland State comes to The Nest for a 7:05 p.m. Pacific tipoff.