EDINBURG, Texas -- Mitch Bruneel scored 16, Holton Hunsaker 15 and Keawe Enos added 14 points as Utah Valley remained undefeated atop the Western Athletic Conference using a balanced attack and dominant first half in defeating Texas-Pan American 67-53 on Thursday night.
Ben Aird grabbed 10 rebounds for the Wolverines who held the Broncs to just 18 first-half points, and led 32-18 at the break.
Utah Valley (13-7, 7-0 WAC) turned a 14-11 first-half lead into a 23-11 breakaway on Bruneel's 3-pointer that capped the 9-0 run in the first period.
UTPA never challenged the Wolverines in the second half. Utah Valley finished hitting 48 percent from the field and made 9 of 19 3-pointers in extending its winning streak to eight games.
Texas-Pan American (6-16, 2-5) was led in scoring by Shaquille Boga with 20 points. The Broncs shot 39 percent and made just 6 of 17 from the free throw line.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.