West roundup: Thunderbirds can't keep up with Jackrabbits

Feb 4 2012 - 11:58pm


BROOKINGS, S.D. -- Nate Wolters scored 31 points and South Dakota State won for the 10th time in its last 12 games, defeating Southern Utah 66-56 Saturday night.

Wolters hit 10 of 16 shots from the floor and was 11 for 13 at the free-throw line. The junior guard has surpassed the 30-point mark four times this season and is averaging 21.3 points per game.

Griffan Callahan added 10 points for the Jackrabbits (19-6, 11-2 Summit).

Ray Jones Jr. led Southern Utah (12-12, 7-7) with 18 points. Ramell Taylor added 13 points and nine rebounds but also had eight of the Thunderbirds' 18 turnovers.

South Dakota State hit two fewer field goals than Southern Utah and lost the rebounding battle, 33-21. But the Jackrabbits were 21 for 30 at the free-throw line, while the Thunderbirds went 9 for 12.

The win was South Dakota State's sixth straight against Southern Utah.

Big Sky

* PORTLAND STATE 76, NORTHERN ARIZONA 65: At Flagstaff, Ariz., Charles Odum scored 20 points to lead five Portland State players in double figures as the Vikings beat Northern Arizona.

Michael Harthun scored 12 points, Chehales Tapscott had 11, and Renado Parker and Nate Lozeau added 10 apiece for Portland State (11-12, 5-6 Big Sky), which snapped a three-game losing streak.

Ephraim Ekanem led the Lumberjacks (5-19, 1-11) with 14 points and eight rebounds.

* MONTANA 67, MONTANA STATE 58: At Bozeman, Mont., Kareem Jamar scored 21 points and Derek Selvig added 15 to lead Montana to a win over Montana State in a key Big Sky game.

Jamar scored 10 points in a 12-2 Grizzlies run that ballooned a 37-34 advantage to 49-36 with under 13 minutes to play.

The Bobcats (11-11, 6-5 Big Sky) got within 56-53 on a 3-pointer by Christian Moon with 4:31 to play. Selvig answered by sandwiching two 3-pointers around a basket by Montana State's Mohammed Fall to make it 62-55 and end the Bobcats' run.

Will Cherry added 11 points for the Grizzlies (16-6, 9-1), who took a 5-4 lead on an early 3-pointer by Jamar and never trailed the rest of the way.


* NEW MEXICO 65, BOISE STATE 49: At Boise, Idaho, Kendall Williams found motivation by a halftime tongue-lashing and Hugh Greenwood received incentive by seeing a fellow Aussie in the opposing uniform.

Those events helped spur the two New Mexico players to solid efforts as the Lobos won their fourth straight game by dispatching Boise State.

Williams had a game-high 18 points and Greenwood had his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Lobos (19-4, 5-2 Mountain West) remained in the upper tier of the conference.

Kenny Buckner scored 11 points for Boise State (10-12, 0-7), which has lost a school-record eight straight games.

* COLORADO STATE 67, AIR FORCE 49: At Fort Colllins, Colo., Pierce Hornung scored a career-high 23 points and matched a career best with 17 rebounds in leading Colorado State past Air Force.

Hornung posted his second double-double of the season and third of his career. He had nine offensive rebounds. He had a 17-rebound game on Nov. 29, 2009 against San Francisco.

Dorian Green had 12 points and Wes Eikmeier added 10 for Colorado State (15-7, 4-3 Mountain West).

Michael Lyons led Air Force (11-10, 1-6) with 16 points. Mike Fitzgerald scored 14 of his 15 points in the second half as the Falcons lost their sixth straight game.


* SAN DIEGO 70, SANTA CLARA 65: At San Diego, Johnny Dee scored 19 points to lead San Diego to a win over Santa Clara, running the Broncos' losing streak to 11 games.

San Diego (9-14, 4-7 West Coast) twice had 19-points leads early in the second half before Santa Clara (8-15, 0-10) cut the margin to 68-65 when Evan Roquemore hit two free throws with 12.6 seconds left. But Dennis Kramer made a pair of free throws with 11.6 seconds left for the final margin.

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