Hooker scores 23, North Dakota beats Southern Utah 95-65
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Quinton Hooker scored 23 points and had six assists, Corey Baldwin added 14 points with four 3-pointers, and North Dakota ran away early to beat Southern Utah 95-65 on Saturday for its third straight win.
Geno Crandall had 13 points and a career-high nine assists for the Fighting Hawks (8-6, 3-1 Big Sky), who held the Thunderbirds to 25.9-percent shooting while making 35-of-66 (53 percent).
Baldwin put the Fighting Hawks up for good, 11-8, with a 3-pointer and North Dakota pulled away on a 12-1 run capped by Hooker’s 3-pointer. North Dakota led 43-25 at halftime after the Thunderbirds missed all seven of their 3-point tries.
Crandall’s jumper capped a 9-1 run for a 52-26 North Dakota lead early in the second half and the Fighting Hawks led by 37 with six minutes left.
Josh Collins scored a career-high 11 points and Conner Avants and Kienan Walter added 10 apiece for North Dakota.
Randy Onwuasor scored 19 for Southern Utah (4-12, 2-1).