Balanced Utah Valley defeats South Dakota 94-79

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OREM, Utah (AP)—Ben Aird scored 18 points and led six Utah Valley players in double figures in a 94-79 victory over South Dakota on Thursday night.

Isiah Williams made five 3-pointers en route to 17 points, a total matched by Justin Baker, as the Wolverines (16-10, 8-1 Great West) won for the 11th time in their last 14 games.

Geddes Robinson had a double-double of 15 rebounds and 13 points, Holton Hunsaker scored 16 and Jordan Swarbrick added 12.

Trevor Gruis led the Coyotes (12-13, 4-4) with 18 points. Jake Thomas scored 17, including four 3-pointers, and Louie Krogman and Steve Tecker hit 11 apiece.

Utah Valley outrebounded the defending league champions 47-30.

The Wolverines went ahead 12-5 by opening the game with four 3-pointers— one each by Swarbrick and Hunsaker followed by two from Williams. They led by 18 in the first half and were up 51-38 at halftime.

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 Top Performers
 South Dakota
Trevor Gruis Trevor Gruis
8-11,  18 Pts
6 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Utah Valley
Ben Aird Ben Aird
8-11,  18 Pts
9 Rebs, 3 Assists

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