BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Christian Moon scored a career-high 24 points and Montana State defeated Southern Utah 76-68 Monday night.
Montana State never trailed in the game but Southern Utah came within two points in the final 2 minutes.
Damon Heuir scored 20 points to lead the Thunderbirds (5-12, 3-5), who have lost five in a row. Jackson Stevenett added 19 points and Jayson Cheesman had 13 points and eight rebounds for Southern Utah, which played without center Jaren Jeffery, sidelined by an illness.
It was the first meeting between the teams since 1997. Southern Utah is in its first season in the Big Sky Conference.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.