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Jones, Southern Utah down North Dakota State 77-68

Jones, Southern Utah down North Dakota State 77-68

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- Ray Jones scored 18 points as Southern Utah stopped a two-game slide with a 77-68 victory over North Dakota State on Thursday night.

Kyle Davis contributed 16 points and Matt Massey 14 for the Thunderbirds (4-9, 1-2 Summit).

Michael Tveidt scored 16 points to pace the Bison (7-6, 1-2). Marshall Bjorklund hauled down a game-high 14 rebounds, and Mike Felt added 11 points on three 3-pointers and two free throws, and Freddy Coleman scored 10.

Southern Utah trailed 19-16 midway through the first half. But consecutive baskets by Davis, Damon Heuir and Jordan Weirick turned the deficit into a 22-19 edge.

The lead peaked at 46-33 on Jones' jumper with 17:49 left. North Dakota State cut it to 58-56 on Drew Lundberg's layup with 4:49 to go but could get no closer.

North Dakota State held a 41-32 rebounding edge but committed 19 turnovers to 10 for Southern Utah.

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