S. Utah 79, North Dakota 67

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

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.