Feb. 5, 2014
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OREM, Utah – WAC-leader Utah Valley University will play its third straight road game on Thursday at Grand Canyon University to begin the second half of the conference regular season. The game tips at 7 p.m. MT from GCU Arena in Phoenix.
The Wolverines (13-8, 7-1) defeated the Antelopes, 65-58, in an earlier meeting between the teams in Orem on Jan. 11. UVU lost for the first time in WAC play on Saturday at New Mexico State, 72-49, while GCU (11-10, 6-2) has won four straight and is tied with NM State, one game behind the Wolverines in the standings. The ‘Lopes have not lost since the game at Utah Valley.
“They are playing as well as any team in the conference,” said UVU coach Dick Hunsaker of the Antelopes. “Their addition of (Justin) Foreman and (Jeremy) Adams presents a different look and preparation for playing them.”
In UVU’s January win in the UCCU Center, Ben Aird had a big effort with 21 points and 15 rebounds with Holton Hunsaker adding 15. Jerome Garrison, who is averaging a WAC-best 20.8 points per game in league play, led Grand Canyon with 18.
Garrison is scoring 15.4 ppg overall with Killian Larson averaging 15.5 points and leading the WAC with 11.2 rebounds per game. In a one-point win at Chicago State last week, Larson scored 28 points and hauled in 20 rebounds. Grand Canyon also picked up a 72-53 at Kansas City on Saturday. Garrison scored 20 to lead all scorers.
For the Wolverines last week, Hunsaker scored 15 points apiece in two games, including a 67-53 win at Texas-Pan American. Mitch Bruneel finished with 16 to lead the way for the Wolverines in the win over the Broncs and Keawe Enos scored 14. Enos hit all four of his 3-point attempts against UTPA and also connected on his only attempt at NM State. He is shooting .506 from beyond the arc to lead the conference.
The Wolverines will play five of the final seven WAC contests at home, starting next week with games against Seattle U (Feb. 13) and Idaho (Feb. 15).
The Last Meeting
January 11, 2014
Wolverines top Grand Canyon in first WAC home game
Ben Aird's second consecutive double-double helped Utah Valley University move to 2-0 in the WAC with a 65-58 win over Grand Canyon University on Saturday night at the UCCU Center. The game marked the first-ever WAC home game for UVU.