Printed on: January 08, 2013

Sac State Hornets hold off T-birds


ASSOCIATED PRESS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Mikh McKinney scored 18 points and Konner Veneto added 14, helping Sacra-mento State overcome its foul-line struggles Monday night and beat Southern Utah 64-59.

Dylan Garrity chipped in 12 points for the Hornets (7-5, 2-2 Big Sky), who had lost four of their previous five games. Sacramento State took 55 foul shots, many of them in the final minutes as Southern Utah tried to rally, but made just 29 of them, a 53 percent clip.

The Thunderbirds, conference newcomers this season, still lead 13-7 in the all-time series, which dates to 1987. Monday's game was the first between the schools since 2008.

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No. 5 Indiana 74, Penn State 51: At State College, Pa., Christian Watford scored 16 points, Jordan Hulls added 14 and No. 5 Indiana used a big first-half run to race past Penn State.

Indiana (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten), which had the top scoring offense in the nation (87.9 points) entering the game, built a 19-point lead in the first half.

Jermaine Marshall had 11 points for the Nittany Lions (8-6, 0-2), which had a five-game home winning streak snapped. Ross Travis added 14 points and five rebounds.

Indiana center Cody Zeller finished with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting.

No. 17 Notre Dame 66, No. 21 Cincinnati 60: At Cincinnati, Jerian Grant scored 19 points for Notre Dame, which won its 12th straight.

Notre Dame (14-1, 2-0 Big East) is off to the best start during coach Mike Brey's 13 seasons. The Fighting Irish shot 50 percent from the field and went 9 of 16 behind the arc.

Sean Kilpatrick had 15 points for Cincinnati (13-3, 1-2), which has lost three straight at home for the first time since 2006-07.