Feb. 3, 2012
HOUSTON -- After notching its seventh straight victory on Thursday night, the Utah Valley University basketball team will finish up the first half of Great West Conference play on Saturday night at Houston Baptist. Tip is set for 7:05 p.m. CT and the game can be heard live on 960 AM the Zone.
Both teams used late runs to pick up conference wins on Thursday night; the Wolverines (14-10, 4-0) defeated Texas-Pan American in McAllen while the Huskies (7-14, 1-3) topped North Dakota in Houston.
"We know that, coming off of their first conference win, HBU will have renewed confidence," said UVU coach Dick Hunsaker. "Coach (Ron) Cottrell's teams always play with great tenacity, really work hard defensively and provide a lot of difficult matchups for us."
The Wolverines remained unbeaten in league play thanks in large part to a late 14-0 run that turned a five-point deficit into a nine-point lead. Alfonzo Hubbard hit a big three that ignited the decisive run and Isiah Williams capped the run with two of his team-high 21.
Williams and Holton Hunsaker then combined to hit 11-of-12 free throws in the final 1:04 - with Hunsaker connect on 8-of-8 - to close out the win.
Williams' 15.5 points per game leads UVU and ranks second in the Great West while Geddes Robinson leads the league with 10.8 rebounds per game, which also ranks ninth among all Division I players.
In HBU's win on Thursday night, Art Bernardi scored 19 points and Terry Bembry added 17 in a 69-62 win over North Dakota. Marcus Davis leads the Huskies with averages of 12.9 points and 5.8 rebounds.
Saturday's marks the second of four straight GWC road games for Utah Valley. Next week the Wolverines will make their East Coast swing at NJIT (Feb. 9) and at Chicago State (Feb. 11).