OREM — With nin in-state players on the two teams, Utah State (5-1) and Utah Valley (5-6) square off tonight in college basketball action at UCCU Center.
Game time is 7 p.m. It is only USU’s second road game of the season, as last Wednesday’s scheduled game at BYU postponed.
Utah State pulled away from a pesky Western Oregon squad for an 86-57 win on Saturday, its first game since junior guard Danny Berger collapsed in practice Tuesday from full cardiac arrest. Berger, who was released from the hospital Saturday morning, was on the bench with his teammates Saturday night.
USU is led by junior forward Jarred Shaw, who is averaging almost a double-double with 14.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, posting 15 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots against Western Oregon.
The Wolverines are 5-6 on the season, alternating wins and losses in its last three games, winning two of the three after dropping their previous three games. Both of UVU’s last two wins have been overtime contests, including a double-OT victory at Troy on Saturday, Dec. 8, 86-82. Utah Valley lost at Weber State on Dec. 5.
Junior center Ben Aird leads Utah Valley with 13.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Aird posted a double-double in the double-OT win at Troy with 18 points and 11 rebounds, bouncing back after scoring a season-low two points at Weber State. Junior guard Holton Hunsaker, son of UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker, averages 10.8 ppg as well as dishing out 3.3 assists per game. Senior forward Alfonzo Hubbard adds 9.8 ppg while senior forward Nick Thompson adds 6.7 rpg, and has a team-leading 4.1 assists per game.