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.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.