The Utah Valley University men's basketball team hosts Saint Katherine's College on Monday night at the UCCU Center in the team's final non-conference matchup of the season. Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m. MT.
The Saint Katherine Firebirds are based in San Marcos, California.nThe team competes as an independent and has faced Division I opponents Weber State, UC Riverside, UNLV, Southern Utah, San Jose State, Fresno State and Santa Clara. The team holds a 7-19 overall record. Monday night's meeting between Utah Valley and Saint Katherine will mark the first-ever matchup between the two schools.
The Firebirds most recently defeated Fresno Pacific, 83-77, at home on Saturday night. Junior guard LeSean Galbreath led five Firebird players in double figures with 15 points. Anthony Miller scored 14, Dante Miller and Aragad Abrahmian each scored 13, and Jebari Robinson helped with 12.
"Saint Katherine is a team that has been playing really well," Utah Valley head coach Dick Hunsaker said. "They are a talented team that will bring a lot of energy and excitement. They will give us some defensive court spacing issues."
Utah Valley enters Monday's matchup with an 8-14 overall record. The team owns a 3-5 WAC mark with wins over Seattle U, Texas-Pan American and Chicago State. The Wolverines are 5-4 at home this season.
The Wolverines most recently dropped a 53-33 decision at Seattle U on Saturday night. The Redhawks used a strong defensive effort to hold Utah Valley to a season-low 27.3 percent shooting performance to defeat the Wolverines. Mitch Bruneel and Donte Williams led Utah Valley with 10 points apiece. Bruneel hit 5-of-9 shots from the field and tallied four rebounds. Williams knocked down 3-of-9 shots on the night and hit 4-of-6 shots from the charity stripe. Marcel Davis recorded six points with six rebounds in the setback. Utah Valley connected on 12-of-44 shots (27.3 percent) on the night, including a 0-of-17 mark from beyond the arc. Seattle U shot 40.8 percent from the field.
Through 22 games this season, Bruneel fronts the Wolverines in scoring at 12.9 points per contest and 6.1 boards a game. Williams and Zach Nelson are also averaging double figures at 10.3 points per game each. Davis leads the team and ranks second in the Western Athletic Conference in assists at 3.91 per game. Donte Williams leads the Wolverines at the free-throw line with an 80.5 percent clip, which ranks third in the WAC.
Monday's game will be broadcast live through the Wolverine's website. A radio broadcast will also be available on ESPN 960 AM.
Jason Erickson works in the communications office at the Utah Valley University athletic department. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.