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UVU basketball: Utah Valley travels to play Chicago State on Saturday

Utah Valley junior guard Alex Carr looks to pass the ball. The Wolverines head to Chicago, Illinois, to take on Chicago State on Saturday.
Utah Valley junior guard Alex Carr looks to pass the ball. The Wolverines head to Chicago, Illinois, to take on Chicago State on Saturday.
Linsey Craig, UVU Athletics

The Utah Valley University men's basketball team travels to Chicago, Illinois, to take on Western Athletic Conference foe Chicago State on Saturday at the Jones Convocation Center. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. MT.

Chicago State enters Saturday's game against Utah Valley with a 7-22 overall record. The team owns a 3-9 mark in Western Athletic Conference play. The Cougars defeated Grand Canyon, 74-70, on Thursday night behind a combined 47-point effort from senior guard duo Sean Hill and Clarke Rosenberg. The team had dropped three straight before picking up the win over Grand Canyon and earned a season sweep over the 'Lopes with the victory.

Rosenberg leads the team in scoring at 12.0 points per game while Hill ranks second at 8.1 points a contest. Sophomore forward Trayvon Palmer fronts the team in rebounding at 4.9 boards a game. As a team, Chicago State is averaging 58.2 points a game while allowing opponents a 67.6 scoring average. The Cougars will honor four seniors on Saturday, as the game will mark CSU's final home contest of the season.

"We always have very competitive games with Chicago State," Utah Valley head coach Dick Hunsaker said. "With their senior day on Saturday, I'm sure this will be another big challenge for us."

Utah Valley enters Saturday's matchup with a 10-17 overall record. The Wolverines own a 4-8 mark in WAC play with wins over Seattle U, Texas-Pan American and Chicago State. The team holds a 3-11 record on the road this season, including a 1-5 WAC road mark.

Utah Valley plays Chicago State for the 16th time in the history of the two programs. Utah Valley owns a 12-3 advantage over the Cougars. The Wolverines have won eight of the last nine contests, including three straight. Utah Valley swept the first-ever WAC series between the two schools last season. UVU won the first game of this year's season series, 78-62, on Jan. 29 in Orem.

The Wolverines dropped a 69-50 decision at Missouri-Kansas City on Thursday night. Junior guard Jaden Jackson, whose previous career high was 10 points, led UVU with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, including a 4-of-7 clip from beyond the arc. He was a perfect 1-for-1 from the charity stripe and tallied a rebound, an assist and a steal in the setback.

Senior Mitch Bruneel leads Utah Valley in scoring at 12.5 points per contest. He also fronts the team in rebounding, pulling down 6.2 boards per game. Sophomore forward Zach Nelson and junior guard Donte Williams also average double-figure scoring at 10.6 and 10.0 points per game, respectively.

Saturday's game will be broadcast live on ESPN 960 AM radio.

Jason Erickson works in the communications office at the Utah Valley University athletic department. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.