CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Ray Jones Jr. scored 18 points and Southern Utah held UMKC to 14 second-half points in a 57-47 victory Thursday night.
Jackson Stevenett added a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunderbirds (11-10, 6-5 Summit League), who won for the fourth time in five games. Ramell Taylor and Damon Heuir scored 11 apiece.
Reggie Chamberlain’s 17 points paced the Kangaroos (9-14, 3-8), who were swept in the season series. Chamberlain sank four 3-pointers. Kirk Korver added 12 points.
The Thunderbirds trailed 33-20 at intermission but completely shut down the Kangaroos in the second half, holding them to 26 percent shooting and outscoring them 37-14.
Southern Utah opened the second half with a 13-1 spurt to pull within 34-33 with 13:06 left. Jones scored his team’s next nine points for a 42-40 lead with 7:50 to play, and they extended it from there.