Dec. 6, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - A late comeback attempt fell short as Utah Valley lost 63-54 at Utah State in front of 10,141 fans on Tuesday night in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Isiah Williams scored 16 points and Kevin Woods added 10 - hitting 5-of-6 shots - as the Wolverines (5-5) climbed to within four points in the waning minutes, but the Aggies (4-4) got a pair of big buckets from Danny Berger down the stretch to help keep UVU at bay.
"We competed. I was very pleased with the way we rallied and chipped away," said UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker. "We knocked some balls loose and got opportunities in transition but ultimately it came down to defensive stops and we fell short."
The Wolverines trailed 9-1 early before Williams and Holton Hunsaker hit on 3-pointers to help trim the deficit to two. After Williams hit his second trey to cut it to three, Utah State scored seven straight to take a 24-14 lead before extending it to as much as 15 in the half.
Williams hit another three - during an 11-point first half - and Woods scored six straight points to help get UVU within nine, 36-27, by halftime.
Utah State led 41-29 early in the second half before Williams and Woods connected on back-to-back shots and Alfonzo Hubbard converted on a 3-point play to get UVU with five, 41-36.
Another bucket and free throw by Hubbard got UVU with five again - with 10:03 - left before Keith Thompson scored to make it 51-47 with 7:20 to go.
Berger drove the lane for a layup and Preston Medlin scored to push USU's lead back to eight with fewer than five minutes remaining. Still trailing by eight with under a minute to go, Williams hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game to cut it to five, 59-54, but UVU would get closer.
Hubbard and Aird chipped in eight points each and Geddes Robinson
finished with seven points and nine rebounds.
Medlin led Utah State with 13 while Kyisean Reed and 11 and Berger scored 10.
The Wolverines return home to host Portland State on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. MT. It's the NCAA's Take a Kid to the Game night and all kids 12 and under get in for free.