S. Utah gets first home win in a 73-60 victory over W. Illinois

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP)—Davis Baker scored 20 points and Geoff Payne added 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Southern Utah to a 73-60 Summit League win over Western Illinois on Thursday night.

The Thunderbirds (4-10, 2-1 Summit) won at home for the first time this year.

David Jackson led Western Illinois (5-8, 0-2) with 17 points. Jerryck Owens-Murrey and David Nurse scored 12 and 10 points respectively.

Southern Utah shot 50 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3-point range in the decisive first half.

Trailing 38-19, Western Illinois used a 13-5 run to open the second half and closed the gap to 11 points.

The Thunderbirds responded with an 11-2 spurt behind a Marek 3-pointer from the right wing and a couple fastbreak points.

Southern Utah took control in the game’s first 10 minutes with a 17-4 run that included consecutive 3-pointers by Baker and Marek.

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 Western Ill.
D. Jackson D. Jackson
7-13,  17 Pts
4 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Southern Utah
G. Payne G. Payne
4-9,  19 Pts
10 Rebs, 4 Assists

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