UVU Claims Tournament Title In Vegas With Win Over Long Beach State
Las Vegas, Nev. – Jake Toolson had a perfect night shooting the ball as the UVU Wolverines rolled to a 87-72 victory over Long Beach State to claim the MGM Main Event Middleweight title.
Toolson led the Wolverines with 20 points on a perfect 8-for-8 shooting from the field. He also went 2-for-2 from beyond and arc as well as 2-for-2 from the charity stripe.
Ben Nakwaasah added a career-high 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including three makes from 3-point land.
Prior to being named MVP of the tournament, Connor Toolson added 15 points. For the tournament, he scored 38 points over two games.
“I’m really proud of our guys,” said Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope. “We’ve had some confidence, trust and belief issues. We’ve had some newness issues with guys trying to figure each other out. For our guys to come into this tournament and figure all those tricky dynamics going on and to gut it out two days ago and then to play just great basketball today where we really shared the ball and make plays for one another. I’m just really proud.”
After five games away from home, UVU will return home to take on North Dakota Saturday at 7 p.m.