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Associated Press, Published December 17 2012

Southern Utah rolls past North Dakota in men’s hoops

CEDAR CITY, Utah – Jackson Stevenett scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, helping Southern Utah start Big Sky Conference play with a 79-67 victory over fellow conference newcomer North Dakota on Monday night.

Stevenett added a team-leading five assists. Wade Collie chipped in a career-high 18 points off the bench for the Thunderbirds (3-6), and Damon Heuir had 13.

Aaron Anderson led North Dakota (2-7) with 16 points but was just 3 of 9 from the field, part of a 30 percent team shooting effort. Mitch Wilmer had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

In the first-ever meeting between the schools, Southern Utah never trailed after the opening minutes, but Alonzo Traylor's jumper pulled North Dakota within 62-59 with 3:56 left. An A.J. Hess 3-pointer and a Stevenett layup gave the Thunderbirds some breathing room, and Southern Utah hit nine free throws in the final minute to secure the win.

NORTH DAKOTA (2-7): Schuler 2-6 6-6 11, Archer 1-2 2-3 4, Wilmer 3-10 9-10 15, Anderson 3-9 9-12 16, Webb 2-9 0-0 4, Antwi 1-8 0-0 3, Benton 0-0 0-0 0, Allard 0-3 1-2 1, Traylor 6-13 1-2 13. Totals 18-60 28-35 67.

S. UTAH (3-6): Stevenett 9-19 2-2 21, Jeffery 1-3 0-0 2, Cheesman 3-8 0-1 6, Heuir 5-8 2-2 13, Johnson 1-2 5-6 7, Nsenki 0-1 0-0 0, Thomas 1-2 0-0 2, Collie 5-8 6-7 18, Koehler 0-0 0-0 0, Hanks 1-4 0-0 2, Hess 2-4 2-2 8. Totals 28-59 17-20 79.

Halftime: S. Utah 39-33. 3-Point Goals: North Dakota 3-13 (Anderson 1-2, Schuler 1-2, Antwi 1-5, Allard 0-1, Webb 0-3), S. Utah 6-14 (Collie 2-3, Hess 2-3, Heuir 1-4, Stevenett 1-4). Fouled Out: Anderson, Collie. Rebounds: North Dakota 38 (Traylor, Wilmer 11), S. Utah 42 (Stevenett 10). Assists: North Dakota 5 (Anderson 2), S. Utah 15 (Stevenett 5). Total Fouls: North Dakota 18, S. Utah 24. A: 1,332.