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

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.