Wolverines hit road in WAC basketball action

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Hayes Garrity
WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM
Hayes Garrity
WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM

Jan. 29, 2014

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EDINBURG, Texas –
Utah Valley University will play its next three games on the road in WAC play beginning Thursday night against Texas-Pan American at UTPA Fieldhouse. The Wolverines (12-7, 6-0) enter the game, which tips at 6 p.m. MT, in first place and winners of seven straight overall.

The Last Meeting
University of Texas-Pan American49
Utah Valley66
February 9, 2013
Orem, Utah
Balanced offense, tough defense help UVU to GWC win
A balanced offensive night and a staunch defensive effort helped Utah Valley University knock Texas Pan-American from atop the Great West Conference standings, 66-49, Saturday night at the UCCU Center.

The Broncs (6-15, 2-4) have won two of their last three games, sweeping the trip through Kansas City and Chicago State before falling in a high-scoring contest at New Mexico State last Saturday.

“UTPA is scoring the basketball extremely well right now, and their multiple looks on defense keep you out of rhythm offensively,” Wolverine coach Dick Hunsaker said.

Javorn Farrell is averaging 16.1 points per game with Shaquille Boga at 13.6 and Shaquille Hines adding 12.2 points and 6.1 rebounds. All three have upped their average in WAC games with Boga and Farrell averaging 18.5 and 17.3 points, respectively. The Broncs are scoring 76 points per game in league play so far.

First-year coach Dan Hipsher leads the program in its first WAC season. Along with Chicago State and Utah Valley, UTPA moved from the Great West Conference to the WAC last summer. Hipsher’s son, Andy, is the associate head coach and a former assistant under Hunsaker at UVU.

Utah Valley is coming off of a 62-55 win over Chicago State on Saturday at home, getting a balanced output offensively and holding off the Cougars in the final minute. Holton Hunsaker led four players in double figures with 13 with Ben Aird and Zach Nelson both notching double-doubles. Aird finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds and Nelson added 10 points, 12 boards and six assists.


 

 

The Wolverines lead the WAC in scoring defense, allowing 64.5 points per game, and have allowed just 58.7 points per game while limiting opponents to 37 percent shooting in their six league wins.

Following Thursday’s game Utah Valley travels to Las Cruces, New Mexico for a visit to league favorite and two-time defending WAC tournament champion New Mexico State. Next week the Wolverines will play just once, at Grand Canyon on Thursday, Feb. 6.