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UVSC posts easy victory over Argos

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OREM — If it weren't for the final four minutes in the first half of Saturday's 65-47 win over visiting Great Falls (Mont.), the Utah Valley State men's basketball team could well be in a world of hurt this morning.

Behind two 3-pointers apiece from David Heck and Matt Peterson, the Wolverines (3-1) surged in the four minutes before halftime for a 16-2 run that parlayed into a 45-23 halftime lead.

That rally proved the critical stretch of a game that saw UVSC, despite playing several of its starters throughout the second half, lay an egg by getting outscored 24-20 after halftime by the NAIA Argonauts.

"It was a ragged game, not very aesthetically (pleasing)," Utah Valley State coach Dick Hunsaker said. "We had a big spurt at the end of the first half that was the difference in the game. We hit some shots and were able to get some distance.

"But (Great Falls) hit some shots and kept battling. In the second half we didn't defend as well; we didn't have the same energy on the defensive end. Those are some things I was a bit disappointed (with)."

With the Wolverines leading 29-21 and four minutes to go before halftime, Heck ignited the big rally with back-to-back 3-pointers. Shortly thereafter Peterson sandwiched two 3-pointers around a steal and fast-break layup by point guard Chris Bailey, who netted another layup at the first-half buzzer to give UVSC its 22-point halftime advantage.

A pair of free throws by Heck with 12 minutes to go gave the Wolverines their largest lead of the night at 59-36. In the second half, UVSC's lead never dipped below 16.

The two teams combined for only 10 points over the final 10 minutes of play.

Heck and Jordan Brady each scored 16 points for the Wolverines. Brady, who shot 8-for-9 from the field, also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Bailey scored all 12 of his points in the first half.

Tyrone Witherspoon led the Argonauts with 16 points and seven rebounds.

UVSC begins a stretch of four consecutive dates away from the McKay Center with a road game Saturday at Western Illinois.