Utah Valley Visits Montana Thursday Night

Alfonzo Hubbard

Dec. 21, 2011

OREM, Utah -- Following a defeat at the hands of Maine to begin its end-of-the-year road trip, UVU returns to the Mountain Time Zone for a non-conference matchup with Big Sky member Montana. The game will tip off in Montana's Dahlberg Arena Thursday night at 7 p.m. and can be heard live on 960 AM The Zone.

Playing in Orono, Maine, the Wolverines (6-7) got a 25-6 run midway through the second half, but couldn't overcome a 27-point deficit in the loss to the host Black Bears. Boasting one of the country's top scoring tandems in Gerald McLemore and Justin Edwards, Maine used 54% shooting for the game to pull away from UVU, 77-60.

Ben Aird led the team with 13 points and eight rebounds Monday night, while Geddes Robinson and Isiah Williams each scored 11.

Montana (6-5) enters Thursday night's matchup off an 80-65 road win at Portland last Saturday. The Grizzlies got 20 points and 9 rebounds from junior guard Will Cherry, while senior forward Derek Selvig registered a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

"Montana is a very experienced team coming off a great road win," said UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker. "They certainly have one of the best backcourts in the West and their bigs are very physical and cause matchup problems."

At 14.6 points per game, Cherry is the Grizzlies' leading scorer and was recently named a candidate for the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year award. The annual honor recognizes the top point guards in college basketball. Cherry also leads the team in assists (3.17/g) and steals (2.1/g).

Sophomore forward Kareem Jamar is second on the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game while Selvig's 7.3 boards per contest pace Montana on the glass.

UVU is 2-1 all-time against Montana, having defeated the Grizzlies in their last matchup, 82-75, on Nov. 25, 2008, in Orem.



The Wolverines are led by Williams' 15.0 points per game and Robinson's double-double average of 11.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per outing.

Following the game, UVU will take a short break for the Christmas holiday before returning to action on Dec. 29 for the Dr. Pepper Classic hosted by Chattanooga. The Wolverines will face the Hampton Pirates of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) at 2:30 p.m. MT time that day.