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Feb. 14, 2014
OREM, Utah – WAC-leader Utah Valley University looks to bounce back from a rare home loss when the Wolverines host the University of Idaho on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in the UCCU Center.
UVU (14-9, 8-2) lost for just the second time in WAC play against Seattle U on Thursday night while Idaho (10-15, 4-7) dropped a 76-67 contest at Bakersfield. The Wolverines hold a 1/2 game lead over New Mexico State in the WAC standings with Grand Canyon one game back.
Utah Valley scored a 71-66 win on Jan. 16 in Moscow in the first meeting between the teams. Mitch Bruneel led UVU with 18 points while Hayes Garrity added 14 off the bench. Stephen Madison, who ranks second in the WAC with 18.3 ppg, led all scorers with 21.
“Idaho is a very aggressive offensive team and they juggle their defense to try and keep your offense out of sync,” UVU coach Dick Hunsaker said.
After Madison, Connor Hill, who scored 19 in the earlier meeting, is averaging 13.6 points for the Vandals. Idaho was without Glen Dean (10.5 ppg) and Sekou Wiggs (8.5) in UVU’s win.
Madison is the reigning WAC Player of the Week and has received the honor four times, tied with New Mexico State’s Daniel Mullings for more than any other player in the league. Idaho has received the award five times, more than any other team.
Against Seattle on Thursday, Ben Aird scored 20 points to lead the way for Utah Valley but it was a big night from Isiah Umipig that catapulted the Redhawks to the win. The junior guard scored 27 of his 32 points after halftime and keyed a late run to seal the game for Seattle U.
Holton Hunsaker leads Utah Valley with 13.1 points per game with Aird adding 11.9 points and 7.6 rebounds.
The Wolverines hit the road for the final time in the WAC regular season with games at Chicago State (Feb. 20) and Kansas City (Feb. 22).