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State colleges: Utah Valley beats UMKC to remain unbeaten in WAC

Published January 23, 2014 10:24 pm

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Orem • Hayes Garrity scored 18 points Thursday night and Ben Aird added 14 as Utah Valley State beat UMKC 66-48 for its fifth straight Western Athletic Conference win.

Holton Hunsaker scored 13 for the Wolverines (11-7, 5-0), Zach Nelson grabbed 12 rebounds and Mitch Bruneel had 11 boards.

Utah Valley State finished shooting 39.7 percent to just 28.1 percent for the Kangaroos (6-12, 3-3).

The lead changed hands eight times until Nelson hit a 3-pointer and a jumper to give Utah Valley a 17-12 lead. Hunsaker hit back-to-back treys and the Wolverines led 34-27 at halftime.

Aird scored Utah Valley's first five buckets of the second half and the Wolverines never trailed. Martez Harrison made it a two-point game with a free throw at 14:09, but the Wolverines used a 20-1 run to lead by 20 points.

Martez Harrison led UMKC with 15.

E. Washington 90, Southern Utah 83 • In Cheney, Wash., Tyler Harvey set a Big Sky Conference record by going 20-20 from the foul line en route to a career-high 36 points to carry Eastern Washington over Southern Utah.

The previous free throw record was 16-16 by EWU's Jason Lewis in 2001. Two players made 20 free throws in a game. In the last 2:48 the Eagles (8-10, 3-4) made 16 of 17 free throws, finishing 38 of 49, both school records. Venky Jois added 19 points.

Thunderbirds (1-15, 0-7) fell to 0-10 on the road with their 15th straight loss. They were 11 of 19 from the line but shot 54 percent from the field, hitting 8 of 17 3-pointers. Trey Kennedy had a career-high 22 points and A.J. Hess had 17.

Eastern Washington raced to a 19-4 lead but the Thunderbirds stormed back to take a 39-38 lead at the half.