OREM — Utah Valley State College closed out their final regular season home game as a junior college in stellar fashion Saturday night beating CSI 75-56. The 19-point win gives UVSC a 14-0 record at home. They are first team in school history not to lose at home.
UVSC finished the season tied for second with CSI with an 11-5 record. The Wolverines will get the third seed in next week's conference tournament at Dixie State College.
"I've coached over 350 games as a head coach and I have never had a team raise their emotion to play as well every night as this team as done," UVSC coach Dick Hunsaker said. "I just couldn't be more pleased or happier for this group of kids."
A big reason for the UVSC win was the play of point guard Jamaal Brown. Brown finished with a game high 36 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field. He scored 21 of his 36 points in the first half.
"Jamaal Brown came out and created his energy defensively," Hunsaker said. "He had a special purpose in his heart tonight to play and he was just outstanding."
UVSC opened the first half by taking a 30-12 lead with 8:42 left in the half thanks to three consecutive three pointers by Brown. The Wolverines shot 56 percent from the field in the first half.
"We came out and guarded and defended them well," Hunsaker said on his teams' first half start. "We executed the game plan well and played with a lot of emotion."
In the women's game:
CSI 67 UVSC 54: Despite the 67-54 loss to CSI on Saturday, UVSC will still share of the conference championship with Dixie State College. UVSC struggled all night offensively shooting 24 percent from the field for the game.
UVSC took a 45-43 lead with 9:13 remaining on two free throws by Katie Wilson. CSI them went on a 15-4 run to lead 58-49 with 3:37 left in the game. Camile Christensen led the Wolverines with 20 points. UVSC will open the conference tournament March 5 against CSI.