S. Utah 69, W. Illinois 48

Ray Jones scored 16 points and Kyle Davis had a double-double to

lead Southern Utah to a 69-48 victory over Western Illinois on

Thursday night.

Davis had 12 points and a game-best 14 rebounds for the

Thunderbirds (6-12, 3-5 Summit League), who won their second

straight game. The double-double was Davis’ third, and the 14

rebounds tied his career high.

The Leathernecks (7-11, 2-6) were led by Matt Lander’s 14 points

and Brandon Smith’s 12.

Southern Utah shot just 41.1 percent (23 of 56), but that was

much better than Western Illinois’ 26.7 percent (12 of 45). The

Thunderbirds also outrebounded the Leathernecks 42-33 and had a

35-12 edge on points in the paint.

Southern Utah led 35-25 at halftime and by double figures the

rest of the way.

Western Illinois, which has lost four of its last five, fell to

1-8 on the road.