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Utah 69, Southern Utah 53

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Bryant Markson scored a game-high 17
points as Utah knocked off in-state rival Southern Utah 69-53 on
Saturday night.

The Utes (5-2) pulled away from the Thunderbirds (1-7) in the
second half, outscoring Southern Utah 36-24 after leading by only
four at halftime.

Southern Utah was able to keep within striking distance most of
the game, even while only shooting .346 percent from the field,
compared with the Utes' .553 percent.

Markson, who had a game-high nine points and five assists, was
one of four Utes to score in double figures.

Freshman forward Shaun Green went four-for-five from 3-point
range to finish with a career-high 16 points. Chris Jackson and
Johnny Bryant finished with 15 and 13 points, respectively, as the
Utes broke a two-game losing streak.

Nate Janes led Southern Utah with 14 points and Steve Barnes hit
three 3-pointers to finish with 11 points.

In the first half, Southern Utah got nearly all its points from
the perimeter, hitting two field goals from within the 3-point
line, and not getting a 2-point basket until 8:55 left in the first
half.

But Southern Utah managed to keep it close, thanks to 13 Ute
turnovers in the first half. The Utes turned the ball over just
five times in the second half as they pulled away down the stretch.

Southern Utah now heads home to play their second home game of
the year. They will host Sacramento State on Dec. 17. Utah plays
host to Arizona on Dec 17.