Feb. 23, 2013
HOUSTON -- Holton Hunsaker scored a game-high 26 points and Ben Aird added 19 points and 13 rebounds, but the Wolverines couldn't overcome a 13-point second-half deficit in falling at Houston Baptist 73-63 Saturday night at Sharp Gym.
"I thought we played hard and had good frame of mind coming in and extended it into the game," UVU men's basketball coach Dick Hunsaker said. "We need to keep our energy high and continue to fight and work to get better."
With the loss, the Wolverines drop to 13-15 overall and 2-5 in Great West Conference play, while HBU, winners of seven straight, improve to 11-14 overall and 3-3 in conference play.
Hunsaker connected on 10-of-18 shots, including 3-of-6 from the 3-point line, and 3-of-4 from the foul line, while Aird hit 9-of-16 shots and 1-of-3 from the foul line.
With his 19 points, Aird, a junior, moved passed Isiah Williams for fourth-place all-time in career points scored with 1,073 points. He needs just six more to move past David Heck for third all-time.
The Wolverines held the lead for the first five minutes of the game before HBU's Anthony Hill converted a four-point play to give the Huskies their first lead of the game at 11-8 with 14:49 left in the first half.
Two minutes late, Hill hit another 3-pointer to give the Huskies their largest lead of the half at 14-11.
UVU's Jason Johnson got the Wolverines rolling with a bucket and Hunsaker followed with back-to-back 3-pointers. The second three-ball was the first basket in UVU's 10-0 to lead 25-16 in a basket by Zach Jones with 9:16 left in the half.
After a 3-point play by HBU, Hunsaker, who had 15 points in the first half, and Ben Aird
, who had 10 points in the half, converted back-to-back hoops, lifting the Wolverines to a 10-points advantage at 29-19 with 6:51 left in the half.
The Huskies answered with an 8-0 run to whittle the lead to two with 4:54 left.
The Wolverines clung to the lead until freshman Caleb Crayton, who had 15 points in the first half, gave the Huskies the lead at 36-35 with a 3-pointer at the buzzer. He finished with a team-high 23 points.
The Wolverines shot 50 percent from the field, while the Huskies 55.6 percent.
Houston Baptist built a five-point lead early in the second half before UVU chipped away at the lead on a bucket by Hunskaer, another by Johnson, followed by one from Aird and Hunsaker to tie the score at 46-46 with 14:43 left in the game. It was the only time the game was tied.
With the HBU lead at four, 54-50 with 10:30 left in the game, the Huskies went on a 12-3 run to lead run to increase the lead to 13.
A jumper by Hunsaker pulled the Wolverines to within seven at 68-61 with 1:42 left in the game.
The Wolverines shot 47.5 percent from the floor and the Huskies shot 48.2 percent. UVU hit just 4-of-9 foul shots, while HBU connected on 15-of-19 freebies.
The Wolverines are back in action Tuesday night when the face North Dakota State at 6 p.m. in Fargo, N.D.