Grand Canyon (8-6) closed out the first half with a 12-4 run in the last 5 1/2 minutes to lead 36-27 at the break. Connor MacDougall made a layup with 14:10 to go and Utah Valley came as close as 42-40 before Lever converted a 3-point play. McDougall added a pair of free throws later to reduce the Wolverines' deficit to 49-48 but they'd never get closer.
Carlos Johnson added 10 points for the Lopes. Both teams struggled shooting from the field (each were 38 percent) but made up for it at the foul line; Utah Valley 15 of 16 and GCU 19 of 24.
Benjamin Nakwaasah scored 15 for Utah Valley (11-5) and Baylee Steele scored 12.
Buie, Ray lead Hofstra to 88-78 win over UCLA
Desure Buie scored a career-high 29 points, Jalen Ray added a career-high 27 and Hofstra rallied in the second half to defeat UCLA 88-78 on Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion.
Lyle lifts New Mexico past New Mexico St. 78-77
JaQuan Lyle scored 24 points, Carlton Bragg made two free throws with 43.9 seconds, and New Mexico held on to beat New Mexico State 78-77 on Thursday night.
Wyoming tops Louisiana-Lafayette 69-61 in OT
Hunter Thompson had 22 points as Wyoming topped Louisiana-Lafayette 69-61 in overtime on Thursday night.