Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Mikh McKinney scored 18 points to lead the Sacramento State Hornets past the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, 64-59, in a Big Sky conference bout at the Nest.
Konner Veteto added 14 points and eight rebounds and Dylan Garrity chipped in 12 points and six assists for Sacramento State (7-5, 2-2 Big Sky) which had lost four of its previous five games.
Jackson Stevenett posted a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds for Southern Utah (5-8, 3-1) and Damon Heuir tallied 14 points. The Thunderbirds had won three of their previous four.
After the Hornets opened the game on a 14-2 run Southern Utah rallied and trailed by just three points, 29-26, at halftime. Both teams struggled in the period with the Hornets hitting on 33.3 percent of their field goal attempts and the Thunderbirds successful on just 30.8 percent.
In the second half Sacramento State heated up to 53.3 percent shooting and used a 17-7 edge from the free throw line to pull out the victory.
The Thunderbirds hit just 32.2 percent of their shots overall but managed to outscore the Hornets by an 18-9 margin from beyond the arc. Sacramento State attempted 55 free throws, 29 of which found the bottom of the net.