Jan. 23, 2010
OREM, Utah - Utah Valley improved to 8-2 at home Saturday night with a narrow 64-63 non-conference victory over Cal State Bakersfield.
Utah Valley led 64-60 with 11 seconds left in the game before CSUB's Marcus Hall drilled a three-pointer to cut the lead to one with five seconds left. UVU's Corey Claitt missed two foul shots with three seconds left and the Roadrunners got the rebound, and hoisted a three-quarter court shot in an attempt to win the game.
Eric Dearden paced the Wolverines with a career-high 12 points, Jourdain Scoubes and Shawn Deadwiler had 11 each and Tyray Petty finished with 10.
"This is a gratifying win because we battled and stayed cohesive through the adversity," Utah Valley head coach Dick Hunsaker said. "Bakersfield made a good run at us in the second half by hitting big three-pointers and took the lead, but we stayed composed and continued to execute offensively."
CSUB's Stephon Carter led all scorers with 17.
With the victory the Wolverines improve to 9-10 while snapping a three-game losing streak against Bakersfield. The all-time series is now tied at 3-3.
Deadwiler drained a pair of free throws with 6:05 left in the half to give the Wolverines their largest lead to that point at eight points at 28-20. CS Bakersfield trimmed the led to three points on a three-point play by Donovan Bragg, but the Wolverines eventually led by four, 34-30, at the break.
The Wolverines shot 41.7 percent from the field in the first half and 84.6 percent (11-of-13) from the foul line, while holding the Roadrunners to 32 percent shooting from the field.
Dearden led the Wolverines with 11 first-half points, while Petty had seven points and six rebounds.
The Wolverines led by as many as seven points at 48-41 with 12:42 left in the game before CSUB scored eight straight points to take its first lead since early in the game.
Bakersfield, trailing by one, scored five straight to lead by four with 8:55 left. Neither team led by more than four points the rest of the game.
For the game, Utah Valley shot 41.7 percent from the field, while Bakersfield shot 38 percent. The Wolverines committed just nine turnovers, while forcing 13 Bakersfield miscues.
The Wolverines return to Great West Conference action Thursday night when they travel to Chicago State. The game tips at 6:30 p.m. MT.