With the win, Utah Valley improves to 4-7 on the season. The Wolverines are now 2-1 at home. Idaho State falls to 3-9 with the loss. The game marks the first of three straight home games for the Wolverines, who have played eight of their first 11 contests on the road.
Tied 47-47 with 59 seconds to play, Brenden Evans hit a jump hook in the paint to put the Wolverines up by two points, 49-47. Williams then knocked down a shot with 13 seconds remaining to give the Wolverines the 51-47 victory.
"I was real pleased with the tenacity and effort that we gave," Utah Valley head coach Dick Hunsaker said. "There were a number of contributors, some unexpected, that really stepped up and played well in this ball game for us. That's how you build a team. We practice hard every day. It was a very gritty, grind-it-out effort. I thought Idaho State played hard with tremendous emotion and determination."
Williams scored his team-high 12 points on 3-of-8 shooting from the field. He also knocked down 5-of-6 free throws and tallied three steals, a rebound and an assist. Bruneel scored in double figures for the seventh time this season, tallying 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field and a perfect 2-of-2 clip from the charity stripe. Bruneel also pulled down five rebounds on the night.
Utah Valley shot 36.7 percent from the field while limiting Idaho State to a 30.2 percent clip.
Jeffrey Solarin led three Idaho State players in double figures with a game-high 13 points.
Utah Valley continues play at home on Saturday, Dec. 27, against Sacramento State. Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast live on the WAC Digital Network and 960 AM The Zone.
UVU basketball: Utah Valley defeats Idaho State, 51-47
Utah Valley basketball coach Dick Hunsaker reviews UVU's defeat of Idaho State, 51-47, on Tuesday night.
Jason Erickson works in the communications office at the Utah Valley University athletic department. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.