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Poydras leads Utah Valley over Seattle for 3rd straight win

OREM, Utah (AP) Jordan Poydras scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds and Utah Valley won its third straight to clinch the No. 4 seed in next week's Western Athletic Conference Tournament with a 61-54 win over Seattle on Saturday night.

A jumper by Poydras with 50 seconds left gave the Wolverines (14-15, 6-8) a 55-52 lead. He made 4 of 4 free throws after that to ice the win as Utah Valley closed on an 8-2 run.

Seattle (13-16, 5-9) trailed 29-22 at the break but opened the second half on an 11-2 run to take a 33-31 lead. The Redhawks led 44-39 with 10:14 remaining, but Conner Toolson scored seven of his eight points for Utah Valley in a 54-second span later in the half, capped by a 3 to put the Wolverines up 48-46 with 5:51 left.

Morgan Means made 4 of 8 from 3-point range and finished with 16 points for Seattle.

The teams will meet again on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

Updated March 4, 2017

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