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.
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.