Nov. 23, 2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Utah Valley University ran into a hot USC Upstate team in its finale at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, falling 75-50 on Friday in a game played at Santa Clara University.
Both teams came out quickly, with UVU holding a 10-8 lead less than three minutes in. From that point thought it was all Upstate as the Wolverines would go cold while the Spartans were just heating up.
The Spartans started the game 9-of-10 from the field, ran that to 16-of-19 and ultimately, made 17 of its first 21 field goal attempts to race to a 23-point lead in the first half. UVU trailed 44-24 at the break.
"We never matched their energy past the first three minutes of the game," said UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker. "They were very hungry and more determined that we were. We got outplayed in every facet of the game and I certainly give all of the credit to them and to their coaching staff for having them so well prepared. They just simply outplayed us."
Antoine Hosley led UVU with 14 points while Ben Aird added nine points, nine rebounds and a pair of blocks and was later named to the All-Tournament Team. Zach Jones came off the bench to score a career-best eight points with Alfonzo Hubbard and Jason Johnson also adding eight.
Four USC Upstate players scored in double figures led by 19 apiece from reigning Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year Torrey Craig and Adrian Rodgers. Craig also had a game-high 11 rebounds. Ricardo Glenn finished with 14 points and Ty Greene added 12 off the bench.
Both UVU and USC Upstate are coming off of 20-win seasons and berths in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The Spartans were 21-13 overall and 13-5 in the A-Sun last year
Santa Clara's Marc Trasolini was named the MVP of this week's classic after averaging 25 points and six rebounds. Two other SCU players -- Kevin Foster and Evan Roquemore -- joined Aird, Torrey Craig (USC Upstate) and Venky Jois (Eastern Washington) on the All-Tournament team.
The Wolverines will play at North Carolina Central next Tuesday in Durham, North Carolina before hosting Pepperdine on Saturday, Dec. 1 on Homecoming.