UVU Exits WAC Tournament With Defeat To Grand Canyon

Mar 15, 2019, 11:32 PM
Courtesy of UVU...
Courtesy of UVU

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Utah Valley Wolverines bowed out of the Western Athletic Conference tournament with a 78-74 loss to Grand Canyon.

In a game that was largely back-and-forth the whole way, the Antelopes came up with big baskets and defensive stops when it mattered most to send UVU packing.

Despite holding a 44-40 advantage at halftime, UVU sputtered at the wrong time while Grand Canyon was able to take advantage and steal a win from the Wolverines, despite UVU playing a solid game.

Probably the biggest detriment that UVU had going against it was an off-night by WAC Player of the Year Jake Toolson. The junior guard had just seven points on 3-for-11 shooting in the game.

His cousin, Conner, tried to pick up the slack with a team-high 16 points with a team-high seven rebounds but it wasn’t enough to help the Wolverines advance to the championship game.

Grand Canyon’s Carlos Johnson authored a terrific performance with 35 points on 12-of-22 shooting with six 3-pointers made.

The Wolverines lost despite shooting 50.9 percent from the field. The Antelopes shot 43.9 percent from the field.

With a 24-8 record overall and a 12-5 record in conference play, the Wolverines are expected to be on the outside looking in as far as an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament is concerned. Many national pundits believe they have a strong resume for the NIT.

Grand Canyon will move to play top-seeded New Mexico State in the championship game on Saturday.

Utah Valley Wolverines

Kyle Ireland

Utah Valley MBB Signs Tarleton Transfer Tahj Small

Utah Valley men’s basketball head coach Mark Madsen announced that the Wolverines signed Tarleton State transfer Tahj Small.
1 month ago
Kyle Ireland

Report: Former UVU Center Withdraws From 2022 NBA Draft

Former UVU and current Texas Tech center Fardaws Aimaq will reportedly withdraw from the NBA Draft and will play for the Red Raiders next season.
1 month ago
Kyle Ireland

Utah Valley MBB Signs Junior College Transfer Cam Alford

Utah Valley men's basketball head coach Mark Madsen announced that the Wolverines signed junior college transfer Cam Alford.
1 month ago
Wyatt Lowell - BYU Basketball...
Mitch Harper

Former BYU/UVU Forward Wyatt Lowell Finds New Home In WCC

The former Cougar and Wolverine was at Snow College the past season. Now he's on the move to his fourth college.
2 months ago
Fardaws Aimaq - Utah Valley Wolverines...
Kyle Ireland

Reports: UVU Center Fardaws Aimaq Enters NCAA Transfer Portal

Former WAC Player of the Year and Utah Valley center Fardaws Aimaq entered the NCAA transfer portal, according to multiple reports.
3 months ago
(Photo courtesy of SUU Athletics)...
Trevor Allen

SUU To Play In The Basketball Classic; Weber State, UVU Decline Invites

The SUU men's basketball program announced that they will participate in The Basketball Classic, while Weber State and UVU declined their invites.
3 months ago
UVU Exits WAC Tournament With Defeat To Grand Canyon