Feb. 12, 2012
OREM, Utah -- Utah Valley University looks to extend its school-record 10-game winning streak on Monday night against Montana Tech at 7:05 p.m. in the UCCU Center. The game can be heard live on 960 AM the Zone.
The Wolverines (17-10) make the quick turnaround after Saturday's 66-61 win at Chicago State, which set the new school record for consecutive wins and currently ranks as the eighth-longest win streak in the country.
UVU won twice last week to sweep a four-game road swing in Great West Conference play. The victories improved UVU's record in the GWC to a perfect 7-0 and have the Wolverines atop the standings with a three-game lead.
Monday's game against Montana Tech (NAIA) is the final non-conference game of the season and the only game of the week for Utah Valley.
"The last time we played a Frontier Conference team it took a then-career high 41 points from Ryan Toolson to finally put them away," said UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker of a 2008 game against Montana Western.
"Montana Tech is coming off of a win Saturday night against the 13th-ranked NAIA team. They have a balanced attack and score the ball well in multiple ways. We're going to need to play well."
The Orediggers, who upset No. 13 Montana State-Northern on Saturday, are led by 12.2 points per game from Adam Greger. After facing the Wolverines on Monday, Montana Tech will play at Utah State on Tuesday night.
For UVU last week, Ben Aird had a pair of double-doubles including a career-high 24 points and 11 rebounds in a double-overtime thriller at NJIT on Thursday. The Wolverines edged NJIT by two, 99-97, also getting 24 points from Isiah Williams as all five starters scored in double figures.
Holton Hunsaker led the Wolverines with 16 points and Aird finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and four steals in the win at Chicago State. Williams scored all 15 of his points after the break as UVU erased a 12-point halftime deficit to outscore the Cougars 43-26 in the second half.
Three games remain in the regular season for UVU following Monday's game; two at home, Feb. 23 vs. Houston Baptist and Feb. 25 vs. Texas-Pan American, before a road game at North Dakota on March 3. The Great West Conference Tournament begins March 8 in Chicago.