Nov. 19, 2011
OREM, Utah -- Isiah Williams scored all 17 of his points in the second half as Utah Valley overcame early foul trouble and held off UMKC, 58-54, on Saturday night in front of 6,437 fans at the UCCU Center.
Keith Thompson scored 10 of his career-high 16 points in the first half and helped keep Utah Valley within striking distance after Williams and Ben Aird both sat the majority of the half with two fouls each.
"I was very pleased how we fought through the first half. I liked the way we competed and kept the game within reach with Ben and Isiah on the bench with fouls," said head coach Dick Hunsaker. "We got on track in the second half and obviously Isiah's offensive output was very important for us."
Trailing by three at halftime, UVU (3-1) came out of the locker room with a 9-0 run behind back-to-back treys from Williams and Keith Thompson. The Wolverines grabbed their first lead since midway through the first half at 29-25. The margin would grow to as many as 10 after Williams nailed another long range three.
UMKC (1-3), worked its way back into the game behind Reggie Chamberlain and his 13 second-half points. The Wolverines led by two, 56-54, with just 20 seconds remaining when Aird snatched a big offensive rebound and Williams knocked down two deciding free throws.
Thompson's career night came on 6-of-8 shooting while Geddes Robinson added nine points to go along with a game-high 13 rebounds. Aird finished with five points, six boards and three blocks and Holton Hunsaker chipped in seven points including a jumper late in the shot clock to give UVU a 51-47 lead with 4:17 left. Aird hit a jumper from the baseline to make it a six-point game, 53-47, before Trinity Hall's three-point play cut the lead back to three on the next possession. Williams later answered with another three to push the lead to 56-50 with 1:34 left before Hall scored back-to-back buckets to make it 56-54 with 24 seconds remaining.
Thompson collected one of his two blocks on a 3-point attempt by Kirk Korver with six seconds left and the Wolverines up four to help seal the win.
The win over UMKC capped UVU's Homecoming Week and also came on national television as the game was televised on Fox College Sports across the country.
UVU will hit the road for Thanksgiving with a Tuesday match up at SEC Arkansas in Fayetteville. Wolverines will face reigning Summit League champion Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan on Friday.