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Utah Valley claims WAC title with win over Bakersfield

Published March 8, 2014 4:05 pm

Men's hoops • UVU wins regular-season crown, No. 1 seed in conference tourney.
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Orem • Holton Hunsaker scored 16 points and Mitch Brunell scored seven of his 14 in the final 2:25 Friday night, leading Utah Valley to a hard-fought 64-55 victory over Bakersfield at the UCCU Events Center.

The Wolverines (19-10, 13-3) clinched the Western Athletic Conference's regular-season championship with the win. They will be the No. 1 seed in the league tournament next weekend in Las Vegas.

Utah Valley owned a 37-21 lead with 19 miniutes remaining, but Bakersfield used a 25-4 run to take a 46-41 lead. The Wolverines went 11:37 without a field goal.

With 2:25 remaining, however, Bruneel's three-pointer gave Utah Valley a 52-50 lead. His layup 55 seconds later made it 54-50. Bakersfield never got closer. —

In short

R Mitch Bruneel scores 7 of his 14 points in the final 2:25, leading Utah Valley to a 64-55 win over Bakersfield.

• The Wolverines (19-10, 13-3) clinch the Western Athletic Conference regular-season title with the victory.