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UVU men's basketball: Wolverines nab road win at Seattle

By Clint Burgi

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Jan. 14 2012 9:45 a.m. MST

SEATTLE — Six players scored in double figures as Utah Valley University used a balanced effort to topple Seattle University, 84-74, on the road at KeyArena Friday. It was the second win in as many games for the Wolverines (9-10) over the Redhawks (3-12) after last Saturday’s five-point win in Orem.

Isiah Williams finished with 19 points, Keith Thompson set a new career-high for the second straight game with 18 and Alfonzo Hubbard matched his high with 14 to lead UVU offensively.

Geddes Robinson hauled in 13 rebounds to go along with 11 points and Ben Aird added 12 points and nine boards and four blocks. Holton Hunsaker rounded out the scoring with 10 points along with six assists and three steals.

“We’re getting better play from more people. It’s as simple as that,” said coach Dick Hunsaker. “We really competed hard, especially on the backboards, and we were able to get out in transition and make some plays. Seattle’s a team with a lot of personnel and athleticism and I thought we really handled their press well.”

After the Redhawks (3-12) jumped out to an early 11-4 lead, UVU caught fire. The Wolverines converted on 10 of their next 14 attempts, using a 27-5 run to take a 31-16 lead.

Williams hit a bucket and Hubbard scored on a layup before a Williams trey tied the game at 11-11. After SU regained the lead with a basket by Louis Green, Robinson scored and was fouled, converting on a three-point play. UVU would lead the rest of the way.

Hunsaker hit a 3 give UVU an 18-13 lead early on during the run. Thompson later capped the big first-half spurt with back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Wolverines up 15.

Seattle crept back into the game, getting as close as three, 37-34, late in the half before UVU entered the break up five, 42-37.

Utah Valley pushed the lead back into double digits at the midway point of the second half, aided by six straight Wolverine points from Hubbard. Aaron Broussard’s 3 with 6:32 remaining got Seattle within eight but that’s as close as the Redhawks would get the rest of the way.

An 8-0 run, with six points from Thompson including an alley-oop from Hunsaker, gave UVU its largest lead, 73-57, and helped seal the win.

Broussard led Seattle — a future WAC school — with 20 points and matched Robinson for game-high honors with 13 rebounds. Utah Valley held a 48-45 edge on the boards with 16 on the offensive glass leading to 22 second-chance points.

The Wolverines now return home where they’ll play four straight starting with Saint Mary on Monday. Utah Valley begins defense of its Great West Conference regular season title next Saturday, Jan. 21 at home against North Dakota.

Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit http://www.WolverineGreen.com

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