Poor Shooting In First Half Dooms Utah Valley In WAC Tourney Loss To NMSU
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Valley did not get the best start to their WAC Tournament semifinal as they fell to New Mexico State 78-62 on Friday in Las Vegas.
Trey Woodbury led all scorers with 34 points as Utah Valley was eliminated by New Mexico State in the WAC Tournament. Woodbury shot 8-of-19 from the field, 3-for-11 from the three-point line and 15-of-16 at the free throw line. JJ Overton added 11 points for the Wolverines.
Former Ute Donnie Tillman had 23 points to lead the Aggies. Jabari Rice chipped in 13 points.
— UVU Men’s Basketball (@UVUmbb) March 13, 2021
Utah Valley had a bad start to the game as they missed their first nine shots including three triples. New Mexico State had a 12-2 lead at the first media timeout. When the under-eight media timeout came, Utah Valley was able to score two buckets and get to the foul line two more times. The Aggies were up 19-10 with 7:47 left in the first half.
Late in the first half, Utah Valley made a run as they pulled within four points, 26-22 with 1:21 left in the half. Trey Woodbury was up to 11 points for the Wolverines. New Mexico State banked in a shot in the lane at the buzzer to take a 32-23 lead at halftime. Utah Valley shot just 24 percent (7-29) from the field.
Midway through the second half, New Mexico State doubled up Utah Valley, 22-11 and was up by 20. JJ Overton scored five straight points as UVU made one last surge to try and get back into the game as they trailed NMSU 61-51 with 4:48 left.
Utah Valley pulled within nine points before JJ Overton was assessed a technical foul, which gave the Aggies two free throws, then they made two more at the foul line because of a blocking foul called which led to the technical foul. After the four-point swing, NMSU had a 66-53 lead with under four minutes remaining.
Utah Valley ended their season with an 11-11 overall record and 9-5 in Western Athletic Conference play.