CEDAR CITY, Utah – Southern Utah shot 66.7% and had two players total 22 points apiece in a 93-74 win over Sacramento State on Saturday at Centrum Arena. The Hornets led by eight points through the first 13 minutes of the contest but it was all Southern Utah after that point.
Sacramento State (15-6, 7-5 Big Sky) held a 32-24 advantage with 7:16 left in the first period. Southern Utah (13-7, 7-4 Big Sky) then sandwiched 10-0 and 11-0 runs around a single Hornet 3-point make over the next five and half minutes to go up 45-35. The Thunderbirds also scored the last four point of the half to take a 53-40 halftime lead.
The T-Bird lead reached 18 with 17:15 to play. Sacramento State trailed 79-64 with7:12 remaining but used a 6-0 run to get its deficit down to just nine points. Southern Utah answered with six straight points of its own and outscored the Hornets 14-4 through the remainder of the contest.
Southern Utah's .667 field goal percentage was the highest against the Hornets this season, topping their own previous high mark of .647 when the teams met in Sacramento. The Thunderbirds scored 68 points in the paint and 34 of their 36 made field goals were layups. The squad also shot a blistering 21-of-23 (91.3%) from the free-throw line.
Sacramento State shot 37.5% overall and was 9-of-31 (29%) from 3-point range. The Thunderbirds had a 42-28 rebounding advantage but the Hornets had 17 offensive rebounds and outscored SUU 22-10 in second chance points. The Hornets had a 19-10 edge in forced turnovers but had just a 10-9 advantage in points off turnovers.
Senior Alle Moreno led the Hornets with 18 points, four steals, and three assists. Freshmen Hallie Gennett and Gigi Hascheff each scored 13 points with Gennett making a game-high three 3-pointers. Lori Parkinson and Hailey Mandelko each scored 22 points to lead the Thunderbirds while Parkinson added 11 rebounds, four blocks, and three steals while shooting 10-of-14 from the field.
Saturday's game ended a season-long four game road trip for Sacramento State. The Hornets return home to host Eastern Washington on Thursday at 7 p.m.