Utah Valley Cruises Past California Baptist In WAC Opener

Jan 8, 2021, 9:15 PM
Utah Valley California Baptist...
(Photo courtesy of Utah Valley Athletics)
(Photo courtesy of Utah Valley Athletics)

OREM, Utah – The Utah Valley Wolverines started Western Athletic play on the right foot with a 77-50 win over California Baptist at the UCCU Center.

Utah Valley started conference play against California Baptist on Friday, January 8.

Three UVU players scored in double figures, led by Jamison Overton with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Fardaws Aimaq had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Trey Woodbury posted 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Former BYU guard Blaze Nield contributed 9 points and 7 assists. Evan Cole chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists.

The Wolverines shot 47 percent from the field (29-61), 23 percent from downtown (4-17) and 68 percent at the free throw line (15-22). Utah Valley outscored California Baptist 45-27 in the first half and 32-23 in the second half.

Two players for California Baptist reached double figures led by Gorjok Gak with 14 points and 7 boards. Tre Armstrong added 11 points and 3 rebounds. They shot 35 percent from the field (20-56), 22 percent from beyond the arc (4-18) and 66 percent at the charity stripe (6-9).

UVU outrebounded California Baptist 49-26, outassisted them 21-9 and both teams had 13 turnovers. The Wolverines had 42 points in the paint.

Early in the second half, the game got a little chippy as Overton and Te’Jon Sawyer got tangled up. When Overton dropped to the floor, Aimaq got in the middle of the scuffle. Head coach Mark Madsen had to break up the altercation. Aimaq got ejected from the game for his role in the incident.

Utah Valley will improve their record to 3-5 overall and 1-0 in Western Athletic Conference play. They snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over CBU. California Baptist and Utah Valley will clash again on Saturday, January 9 at the UCCU Center in Orem, Utah to finish a two-game series. Tip-off on Saturday will be at 6 p.m. MST and will be streamed on the KSL TV and the WAC Digital Network.

Utah Valley Wolverines

Utah Valley Southern Utah men's basketball semifinal...
Brian Preece

Utah Valley Wolverines Host Cincinnati Bearcats In NIT Quarterfinal

Often overlooked in the college basketball landscape of the Beehive State, Utah Valley is the last D1 men's program playing in 2023.
3 days ago
Chandler Holt

Utah Valley Advances In NIT Tournament With Win Over Colorado Buffaloes

Utah Valley Wolverines men's basketball, 26-8, hit the road to take on the Colorado Buffaloes, 18-16, in the 2nd round of the NIT Tournament.
4 days ago
Brian Preece

Defense, Justin Harmon Carry Utah Valley To NIT Upset Over New Mexico

Justin Harmon scored a career-high 32 points as Utah Valley set a program record for wins, topping New Mexico 83-69 in the NIT. 
8 days ago
Kyle Ireland

Utah Valley Earns Automatic Bid To Play In NIT

The Utah Valley men's basketball team earned an automatic to play in the NIT after capturing the WAC regular season title.
12 days ago
Chandler Holt

Southern Utah Pulls Off Comeback Win, Advances To WAC Championship Game

Utah Valley, 25-7, matched up with the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, 21-11, in the semifinals of the WAC men's basketball Tournament.
13 days ago
Brian Preece

Aziz Bandaogo Takes Over Late, Utah Valley Advances To WAC Semifinals

The best three-point shooting team in the WAC, Utah Valley nailed seven triples to beat the Tarleton Texans 72-58.
14 days ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
Utah Valley Cruises Past California Baptist In WAC Opener