Sacramento State Hornets Put Away Southern Utah Early

The Sacramento State Hornets scored the first 11 points of the game and took a 16-point halftime lead en route to a 68-56 win over the Southern Utah Thunderbirds at The Nest on Monday night.

The Hornets (10-11, 6-6 Big Sky Conference) won their fourth straight, all at home, while handing the Thunderbirds (1-20, 0-12) their 20th straight loss.

Sacramento State took its biggest lead of the first half on Nick Hornsby’s jumper with 1:10 remaining to go up 36-15 before Southern Utah scored the final five points of the half.

The Thunderbirds got the deficit inside single digits just once after that, cutting the Hornets’ lead to 63-54 on Jaren Jeffery’s basket with 1:08 remaining.

Mikh McKinney scored 15 points and added five assists and three steals for the Hornets, while Dylan Garrity had 13 points and five assists. Alex Tiffin pulled down 10 rebounds.

Jeffery scored 21 points for the Thunderbirds, Juwan Major added 11 points and Race Parsons dished four assists.

The win completed a season sweep for the Hornets over the Thunderbirds, as well.

Southern Utah was 22-for-51 (43.1 percent) overall, 2-for-8 (25 percent) from 3-point range and 10-for-18 (55.6 percent) from the foul line. Sacramento State was 26-for-53 (49.1 percent), 5-for-13 (38.5 percent) and 11-for-17 (64.7 percent).

The Hornets had a sizeable advantage on the glass, 38-25, and turned the ball over 14 times, while the Thunderbirds gave it away 13 times.

Sacramento State hits the road on Thursday night, visiting Eastern Washington at 6:05 p.m. Pacific. The Hornets beat the Eagles at The Nest on Jan. 18, 75-64.

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