- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A.J. Hess hit three 3-pointers and finished with 21 points to lead Southern Utah past South Carolina State 66-56 on Tuesday in the Las Vegas Classic.

Southern Utah won its third game of the season to best last year’s record of 2-27.

James McGee and Tyler Rawson had 12 points apiece for Southern Utah (3-7). Rawson had four blocks, grabbed eight rebounds and scored 10 of his points in the second half.

South Carolina State (4-10) was led by Greg Mortimer’s 14 points. Darryl Palmer had 13 and Edward Stephens 10.

SC State trailed just 47-41 but went without a field goal for 4-plus minutes. Hess scored the first five points of a 7-0 spurt to give Southern Utah a 13-point advantage (54-41), its largest of the game, with 6:14 left.

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