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UVU upended in Texas; SUU falls to IPFW in OT

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EDINBURG, Texas — Aaron Urbanus scored 19 points to lead four Texas-Pan American players in double digits as the Broncos beat Utah Valley 74-61 in Great West Conference men's basketball action Saturday night.

Most of Urbanus' scoring came from beyond the arc, where he went 5-for-6. He also made all four of his tries from the free-throw line.

Luis Valera finished with 16 points and seven rebounds for the Broncos (4-23, 3-5 Great West) while Manny Hendrix added 15 points and Jared Maree put in 14 points apiece.

The Broncos pulled out early, leading at halftime 37-28. They were up by as many as 17 points late in the second period.

The Wolverines (11-13, 4-4) shot just less than 40 percent from the field. Jordan Swarbrick led the team in scoring with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

"Hats off to Texas-Pan American. They outplayed us and they deserved to win," UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker said. "We had no crispness mentally or physically."

Justin Baker, Tyray Petty and Eric Dearden scored nine points each for UVU, which had its modest two-game winning streak snapped. Baker and Petty grabbed six rebounds each.

IPFW 72, SOUTHERN UTAH 65 (OT): At Cedar City, Nick Daniels scored 24 points, including eight in overtime, to lift IPFW past Southern Utah in Summit League action.

The Thunderbirds never led, but were never behind by more than 10, eight in the second half.

SUU was down 49-41 with 8:37 to play but scored the next eight points, five by Jake Nielson, to pull within 49-48 with 6:36 to play.

Daniels hit a 3-pointer to end the SUU run, however, and the Mastodons wet back up 56-50 before SUU scored six straight, tying it at 56-56 on a

Davis Baker jumper with 3:42 to go in regulation.

Daniels hit another 3 at the 2:23 mark to stake IPFW to a 61-58 lead, but neither team scored again until Nielson hit a clutch 3-pointer with one second on the clock to send the game into overtime.

The Mastodons went to Daniels in the extra period, and the senior from Aurora, Ill., hit a 3-pointer to stake his team to a 64-61 lead, then answered a Matt Hodgson basket with a jump shot to keep the lead at three.

Each team misfired on its next possession, and then Zach Placemeier buried a deep 3 to stake the 'Dons to a 69-63 lead. SUU got back to within 69-65 on two Damon Heuir free throws, but the Thunderbirds couldn't hit a shot in the final minute while Daniels hit 3-of-4 free throws to ice the game.

"I'm proud of the way our young team battled tonight, but what we saw was a young team doing what young teams do," SUU coach Roger Reid said. "We were playing against an experienced team, and against a good, experienced team, you have to execute your offense and you have to defend their shooters and down the stretch, in overtime, we didn't execute our offense and we weren't able to defend (Daniels).

"They held our best shooter (Baker) to 3-of-16 shooting and it's tough to win games when your best shooter has a night like that," Reid added. "Jake (Nielson) played his heart out, and Matt Hodgson played hard. He's going to be a beast when he puts on 40 pounds and gets more experience, but he's a freshman, Jake's a sophomore, Damon Heuir is a freshman. We have a very young team and we've taken our lumps, but the future is very bright. If I was an SUU fan, I'd be excited about the future."

Nielson scored 20 points to lead the Thunderbirds while Hodgson scored a career-high 15, pulled down nine rebounds and blocked a personal-best six shots. The six blocks are tie for the third-most in a game at SUU and leave him just one shy of the SUU record of 60 blocks, set by Sean Allen back in 1994-95. Baker finished with 12 points for the Thunderbirds, who dipped to 2-12 in conference play and 6-19 overall.

Placemeier finished with 11 points and Ben Botts scored 10 for IPFW (12-13, 7-8).

SOUTHERN IDAHO 81, SNOW 72: At Ephraim, Snow College dropped its fourth game in a row in a bruising Scenic West Conference loss to the College of Southern Idaho.

Leading 39-33 at the break, Snow came out slow in the second half and the Eagles went on a 15-2 run and soared to victory.

Carrick Felix scored 24 points and Charles Odum added 16 for the visiting Eagles.

Freshman Corbin Green led the Badgers with 17 points including connecting of four of six three-point attempts. Reggie Shaw chipped in with 14.

A night after dropping a 25-point loss to league-leading North Idaho, the Badgers came out fighting but eventually a 13-of-26 free throw shooting night and 17 turnovers undid the Badgers.

The Badgers (9-17, 3-13 SWAC) next face the College of Eastern Utah, a team they beat in Price earlier in the season.

WESTMINSTER 75, MONTANA TECH 51: At Salt Lake City, the Griffins used a 41-point first half to carry them past Montana Tech. With the win, No. 8 Westminster (20-5, 10-1) clinches two home games during the Frontier Conference Tournament.

Westminster shot almost 70 percent from the field in the first half and out-rebounded the visitors 43-27.

Ben Walker led all players with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting. He also collected six rebounds while distributing three assists. Blair Prowse chipped in 15 points with a pair of 3-pointers, and Weston Anderson had 14 points and three assists.