Sacramento State had a comfortable 59-46 advantage with 8:27 remaining, but the Wolverines made a late charge. Trailing 62-47 with 5:15 left, Brenden Evans slipped in for a layup, Zach Nelson nailed a 3-pointer, and Mitch Bruneel had a layup and two free throws to close to 62-56 with 2:17 remaining. Hornsby answered with a free throw and McKinney made a layup to secure the win.
The Hornets shot a blistering 65.2 percent from the floor in the first half, and finished with 25 of 44 (56.8 percent) for the game.
Bruneel led Utah Valley (3-3) with 15 points.