HONOLULU — Morgan Grim hit a jumper with seven seconds left to give the Utah State Aggies a one point lead — their first lead of the second half, 61-60.
The shot turned out to be the game-winner for Utah State (17-14, 8-6 WAC).Brockeith Pane led the Aggies with 20 points on 8 of 16 shooting.
NORTH DAKOTA 57, UTAH VALLEY 56: At Grand Forks, N.D. — Utah Valley's 13-game winning streak — the nation's third longest in the nation — came to an end in the final regular-season game of the year.
UVU's Ben Aird converted a three-point play with 7.8 seconds to give the Wolverines their first lead since the 17:19 mark of the second half.
UND's Aaron Anderson drove the length of the floor and put up a wild shot which bounded off and Patrick Mitchell grabbed it off the floor and hit the 12-footer as the clock expired to give UND, which is 13-1 at home this year, the win.
With the loss, which was UVU's first since Jan. 3, the Wolverines, who wrapped up the Great West Conference regular-season title last week, end league play 9-1 and 20-11 overall.
The Wolverines trailed by a game-high seven with 6:12 left in the game. Alfonzo Hubbard hit back-to-back buckets to pull the Wolverines to within a point at 52-51 with 2:42 left.
After a UND 3-pointer, Aird scored the last five points of the game for the Wolverines, including the three-point play to give them the short-lived lead.
Aird led the Wolverines with 14 points, while Geddes Robinson added 11 points and nine rebounds. Troy Huff scored 14 for UND.
For the game, the Wolverines shot 35.6 percent from the floor, including just 1-of-12 from the 3-point line, while UND shot 38.3 percent. UVU outrebounded UND 41-37 and connected on 13-of-16 foul shots.
"We never gave up and we kept battling," UVU coach Dick Hunsaker said.
UND jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead behind six points from Huff. The Wolverines, however, answered with a 6-0 run to tie the game at 8-8 on a bucket by Holton Hunsaker.
The game was tied or the lead changed hands 12 times over the next seven minutes before UVU took a four-point advantage on a four straight foul shots by Isiah Williams to lead 25-21 with 7:48 left in the half.
The Wolverines, however, went cold offensively, scoring just five points the rest of the half. At one point, UND enjoyed a 13-3 run to lead 34-28 with 1:29 left in the half.
Keith Thompson was credited with two points on a UND goal-tending call late in the half to cut the led to four at the break.
The Wolverines shot 38.5 percent from the field in the first half (10-of-26), while UND shot 41.4 percent (12-of-29). The Wolverines outrebound North Dakota, which had eight offensive rebounds for eight second-change points, 18-17, but had nine turnovers.
Aird led the Wolverines with eight points in the half, while Hunsaker had seven.
In the second half, Thompson gave the Wolverines a one-point lead at 37-36 with a three-point play with 17:19 left, but North Dakota went on an 8-2 run to lead by five points at 44-39 with just under 14 minutes left.
After the Wolverines cut the lead to two, UND matched its largest lead of the game on back-to-back hoops by Brandon Brekke with 10 minutes left.
UND eventually took its largest lead of the game at seven at 52-45 with 6:10 left to play.
The Wolverines are back in action next at 11 a.m. Friday in the semifinals of the GWC Tournament hosted by Chicago State.
SLCC 89, SNOW COLLEGE 83: At Ephraim, the Bruins (22-8, 9-6 SWAC) were composed in a close game down the stretch that was tied 38-38 at the half. SLCC shot 50 percent from the field, knocked down 60 percent of their three-point shots and held a Snow College team that shoots well from beyond the arc to just 30 percent from three. The Bruin bench was big, outscoring Snow 29-12 to give the Bruins a 3-0 regular season sweep of the Badgers.
Sophomore guard Darian Cartharn knocked down a clutch 16-foot jump shot with 25 seconds left on the clock to help seal the win for the Bruins. Cartharn had a huge game, scoring 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting and was 4-for-7 from beyond the 3-point arc. Sophomore forward Agustin Ambrosino was unstoppable, hitting 8-of-9 shots, grabbing four rebounds and scoring 21 points. Sophomore center Jayson Cheesman played much of the second half with four fouls, but tallied 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
"We may have beaten them all three times this season, but Snow will be a big test for anyone in the Region 18 Tournament," said SLCC assistant coach Paul Marble. "This is a huge win for us, we played a Snow team that went into Twin Falls and beat Southern Idaho. We're really happy with how our guys played tonight."
The win gives Salt Lake the 2 seed in this week's Region 18 Championships, hosted by SLCC at Bruin Arena in the Lifetime Activities Center from March 8-10. SLCC battles North Idaho on Friday at 2 p.m.
GRAND CANYON 73, DIXIE STATE 72: At Phoenix, with a five-point lead and 1:58 left in regulation, Dixie State College thought they had a good chance at securing the win in its regular season finale. A pair of 3-pointers, including a buzzer-beating corner shot from Braylon Pickrel, guided the host Antelopes of Grand Canyon to a dramatic win.
Dixie State dropped its final two games heading into the NCAA Tournament, finishing the regular season at 20-6, 15-3 in the Pacific West. Grand Canyon extended its winning streak to nine games and kept hopes alive for an at-large berth into the postseason (19-7, 13-5 PWC).
GCU connected on 10-of-26 shots from distance, five in each half. Dixie State outshot the Lopes on the night (45.6 percent to 43.9) from the floor, but could not build on a 72-67 advantage in the waning moments. A pair of late turnovers stymied the Red Storms chances.
Dixie State trailed by three at the half, only after a Dalton Groskreutz 3-pointer capped a closing 6-0 run. The 'Lopes pushed the lead to as many as seven points early in the second half before DSC reeled off a 9-0 run.
The lead flip-flopped eight times and was tied on 12 other occasions in the second stanza, culminating in the Storms five-point cushion after a pair of Solomon Jensen free throws.1 comment on this story
Kyle Speed nailed a triple in transition and Pickrel launched his game-winner from the right corner with a second left. The high-arcing shot ripped the net just after the horn sounded for the win.
Groskreutz led all DSC scorers with 13 points off the bench. Maurice Cole added 12 points and McKay Massey had 11.
The Red Storm now awaits the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. when the 64 teams in the Division-II tournament are announced. DSC will learn what school will host the regional and its first round opponent.