ST. GEORGE — No one told Eastern Utah it didn't have a chance against Utah Valley State College.
Armed with that ignorance, the Golden Eagles pushed the Wolverines to the limit in the first round of the Region XVIII men's basketball tournament at Dixie State College's Burns Arena before falling in overtime 81-80.
In its final league tourney before moving from junior-college ranks to Division I, third-seeded UVSC escaped in regulation and held on for dear life.
With CEU leading 70-69 and only 53 seconds to go in regulation, Wolverines star Jamal Brown was called for charging. It was his fifth foul, and CEU had the ball with under a minute to go.
After a free throw by the Eagles, UVSC went inside, and Jim Hanchett was fouled with 9.5 seconds left. The sophomore from Atlanta buried both free throws to tie it at 71-71, and a last-second shot by CEU was off the mark.
Hanchett got them to OT and in the extra period he took over the game, scoring on a jump-hook, a dunk and a couple of different trips to the line.
He finished with 24 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.
His energy helped push the Wolverines to an 80-75 lead in the extra period. The game stayed close in OT because of UVSC's inability to hit free throws. The Wolverines were just 4-for-10 in the extra frame.
Nevertheless, UVSC held a three-point edge when Jon Bell was fouled with 3.8 seconds left. Bell hit 1-of-2, just the insurance needed as CEU's Patrick Stinnett hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
UVSC, 26-6, plays the winner of Southern Idaho-North Idaho at 7 p.m.
Eastern Utah finishes the year with a record of 18-4.
SALT LAKE CC 90, SNOW COLLEGE 70: Tim Henry figured his Salt Lake Bruins were due against Snow College. He made sure of it during the game.
Henry scored 31 points in 39 minutes as SLCC eliminated the Badgers 90-70 Wednesday afternoon.
Snow College had beaten the Bruins three straight times, including a double-overtime win in last year's tournament. It was a different story this time.
"It was sort of revenge," Henry said. "We' ve had some close games with them. We just executed better this time around."
Usually a game between fourth and fifth seeds is close, but the Bruins outscored Snow 26-10 over a seven minute stretch in the second half.
With SLCC ahead 59-55 with 11:35 left in the game, the Bruins started pounding it inside. Cameron Goettsche and Jordan Brady had buckets inside and Henry started heating up again.
Henry had nine and Goettsche and Brady scored six each during the deciding run. When the dust had cleared, the Bruins led 85-65 with a little more than four minutes left.
"(Snow) shot a lot of deep shots and missed them and those turned into fast break points for us, " SLCC head coach Norm Parrish said. "Plus, we executed very well during that time."
Henry, a 6-foot-5 sophomore from Orem, had 19 points in the first half. He had a pair of 3-pointers, but most of his points came from driving to the basket.
"Penetration is probably the best part of my game, " Henry said. "They were giving me the baseline and I like the baseline. "
The Bruins (22-10) play tourney host Dixie State 7 p.m. Friday night in the Region XVIII semifinals. Snow ends the year with a record of 21-11.