Jan. 18, 2014
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SEATTLE – Utah Valley University wraps its two-game WAC road trip at Seattle University on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. PT/2 p.m. MT. Utah Valley has won four straight overall and are tied atop the WAC standings at 3-0.
The Wolverines (9-7, 3-0) held off Idaho on Thursday in Moscow, winning 71-66 behind 18 points and eight rebounds from Mitch Bruneel. Seattle (9-8, 1-3) dropped a barnburner at home against Bakersfield, 61-57, with the WAC’s leading scorer Isiah Umipig dropping in 21 points for the Redhawks.
Utah Valley and Seattle U have played six games all time, with each team winning three. Sunday marks the first time the schools will meet as conference foes.
“Seattle plays very hard. They will give us multiple defensive looks and try to scramble us,” said UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker. “We know they’ll come out and play with a lot of determination and energy.”
In UVU’s win at Idaho, the Wolverines trailed only once – in the game’s first minute – and led by eight at halftime. The Vandals chipped away at the lead multiple times but Utah Valley got a big three from Bruneel with under three minutes left before Holton Hunsaker iced it with a pair of free throws with just 15.5 on the clock.
The Redhawks are led by Umipig’s 20.1 points per game and lead the WAC as a team with a +6.4 rebound margin. Deshaun Sunderhaus is averaging 10.9 per game overall and has upped that to 14.8 in four league games. Seattle split a two-game trip last week, falling at New Mexico State before topping Texas-Pan American, 64-46, in Edinburg.
Five Wolverines are averaging in double figures with Hunsaker’s 12.1 leading the way. Zach Nelson and Ben Aird both average 11.6 per game with Hayes Garrity scoring 10.8 and Bruneel at 10.2. In Thursday’s win at Idaho, Aird and Nelson combined to block seven shots; four coming from Aird.
Following Sunday’s game, Utah Valley returns home for two WAC games next week; Kansas City comes to the UCCU Center on Thursday with Chicago State in town on Saturday. Both games tip at 7:05 p.m. MT.
The Last Meeting
January 13, 2012
Balanced Attack Leads UVU to 84-74 Road Win at Seattle
Six players scored in double figures as Utah Valley University used a balanced effort to topple Seattle University, 84-74, on the road at KeyArena. It was the second win in as many games for the Wolverines (9-10) over the Redhawks after last Saturday's five-point win in Orem.