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State men's basketball roundup: Baker boosts T-Birds to victory in their season-finale

CEDAR CITY, Utah — The season didn't go very much like he would have wanted it to, but the final game was a bit of a consolation prize for Southern Utah senior Davis Baker, who scored 31 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Thunderbirds to a 70-67 Summit League win over Centenary on Saturday.

Although Baker's rebounding total was a career-high and his points were three shy of his best, the crowning accomplishment of the night — aside from the win — came with 5:53 left to play when he hit two free throws to move past Kerry Rupp and into sixth place on the SUU career scoring list.

"I'm very proud of Davis, and very happy for him," SUU coach Roger Reid said after the game. "We got three good years out of him, I wish we had one more. This was a great way for him, and all our seniors, to go out. Going out on a win is very important for building the program as well as for our seniors."

SUU improved to 7-22 overall and 3-15 in Summit League play, while Centenary dipped to 8-21, 3-15 in the conference. Both teams ended their seasons Saturday night.

WESTMINSTER 81, LEWIS-CLARK STATE 77: At Salt Lake City, the Griffins capped a 13-1 Frontier Conference championship season with a win over Lewis-Clark State in the Behnken Field House. No. 4 Westminster held off a late rally to finish the regular season at 23-5.

Blair Prowse led Westminster with 25 points, including 7-of-8 from 3-point range. Ben Walker chipped in with 16 points and seven rebounds before fouling out with 6.7 seconds remaining. Weston Anderson posted 13 points and a career-high nine assists.

DIXIE STATE 88, ACADEMY OF ART 77: At St. George, Utah, the Dixie State College team, playing without its individual scoring leader, got career games from four players en route to a conference win in the Burns Arena.

Andy Palmer hit 7-of-11 shots and added nine free throws to tally a game- and career-high 24 points. Zach Robbins had 18 points (4-of 8 FG, 10-of-13 FT) and a DSC-record 17 rebounds for his third career double-double. Adam Ross notched 17 points including a flawless 8-of-8 performance from the foul line. McKay Massey played 29 minutes and set season bests with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists.