Feb. 24, 2012
OREM, Utah -- After clinching at least a share of the Great West Conference title on Thursday, Utah Valley University looks to win its second straight title outright on Saturday when it hosts second-place University of Texas-Pan American at 7:05 p.m. MT in the UCCU Center.
Saturday will also be Senior Night and the final home game in the careers of Rory Fannon, Geddes Robinson, Keith Thompson, Isiah Williams and Kevin Woods.
"We have five seniors that have been very meaningful, on and off the court, to our program," UVU head coach Dick Hunsakersaid. "Texas-Pan American will bring a lot of confidence and attitude to try and spoil those five senior's nights."
The Wolverines (19-10, 8-0) increased their school-record win streak to 12 games in a 75-56 win over Houston Baptist on Thursday. The streak currently ranks as the fourth longest among all Division I teams. No. 1 Kentucky leads the nation with a 17-game streak.
All five starters scored in double figures in Thursday's win over HBU and five players also had at least seven rebounds as Utah Valley remained perfect in league play with two games remaining.
UTPA (11-17, 5-2) has three games remaining in conference, all on the road, and have been off since last Saturday. The Wolverines defeated the Broncs earlier this season in Edinburg, Texas, 77-69, but Texas-Pan American has not lost since, winning four straight.
Williams scored 21 points to lead the Wolverines over UTPA on Feb. 2, while Jared Maree scored 23 for the Broncs. Reigning GWC Player of the Week Brandon Provost leads the team with 13.4 points per game on the year. Both Provost and Maree are scoring 13.9 per game in conference play.
Utah Valley will wrap up the regular season a week from Saturday, March 3 at North Dakota. The Great West Tournament begins March 8 in Chicago. The Wolverines will have an opening-round bye and advance to the tournament semifinals on Friday, March 9.
PROMOTIONS: Saturday's game is UCCU Member Appreciation Night at the UCCU Center. All member of UCCU can pick up free tickets at any UCCU branch, and the first 1,000 members will also be able to receive free hot dogs and popcorn.