Basketball at Kansas City in final WAC regular season road contest

Brenden Evans

Feb. 21, 2014

KANSAS CITY -- Utah Valley University will play its final WAC regular season road game on Saturday at Kansas City in Municipal Auditorium at 7 p.m. CT/6 p.m. MT.

The Wolverines (16-9, 10-2) defeated Chicago State, 79-70, on Thursday to stay alone at the top of the WAC standings, still 1/2 game in front of New Mexico State. Kansas City was edge by Bakersfield, 74-69, on Thursday with Martez Harrison leading the way with 20 points.

"Kansas City is a very active defensive team. The apply variations of looks and disguises against you," said Utah Valley coach Dick Hunsaker. "They will test our transition defense as they really like to run and push the ball."

The Kangaroos (7-18, 4-8) are led by Harrison's 16.4 points per game. Just a freshman, Harrison is averaging 17.5 in WAC contests. In the prior meeting between the teams in Orem, the Wolverines turned a seven-point halftime lead into a 66-48 win. Harrison led Kansas City with 15 points while UVU's  Hayes Garrity led all scorers with 18 off the bench.

In the Wolverines' win over Chicago State on Thursday, Holton Hunsaker hit all 10 of his free throw attempts -- including six down the stretch -- to finish with a team-high 18 points while dishing out a  career-high-matching nine assists. Zach Nelson had another strong night offensively, scoring 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting. Mitch Bruneel was also accurate from the field, hitting 7-of-9 and scoring 15.

The Wolverines will play their final three regular season WAC games at home with New Mexico State coming in next Thursday, Feb. 27 for a key matchup. Texas-Pan American will be at the UCCU Center on Saturday, March 1 with the regular season finale on Friday, March 7 against Bakersfield.

The Last Meeting
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Orem, Utah
Wolverines move to 5-0 in WAC in win over Kansas City
Utah Valley University stayed unbeaten in the WAC, using a 20-1 run in the second half to pull away from Kansas City, winning 66-48 on Thursday in the UCCU Center.