Utah Valley Earns Fifth-Straight Win With Antelope Valley Rout

Dec 16, 2022, 8:09 PM | Updated: 8:42 pm
UVU guard Trey Woodbury drives past an Antelope Valley Pioneer defender last in an 80-54 Wolverine win at the UCCU Center on Friday, December 16.

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Valley cruised to an easy victory, increasing their season high winning streak to five games with an 80-54 win over Antelope Valley.

Utah Valley (8-4) hosted the undefeated Antelope Valley Pioneers (10-1) at the UCCU Center in Orem, UT on Friday, December 16.

UVU came in riding a four-game winning streak. The Wolverines easily dispatched of SAGU American Indian College 100-54 earlier in the week.

Antelope Valley ran by Benedictine University at Mesa in their last game, winning 97-69.

First Half

Utah Valley took advantage of 1-for-8 shooting from the Pioneers to open a 9-2 lead in the opening minutes.

UVU threw a balanced attack at Antelope Valley as four of five Wolverine starters scored before the first timeout as they started 4-of-9 from the field.

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The Wolverines would go cold over the next few minutes, missing eight of nine shots at one point as Antelope Valley went on a 8-0 run to take a 14-13 lead

Justin Harmon ended the run with a driving layup that put the Wolverines back in front. Tim Ceasar followed with a quick three as the UVU lead grew to 18-14.

Utah Valley followed a Pioneer free throw with a pair of free throws and two Cam Alford lay-ins. Alford scored six straight to give his team a 26-15 lead with 7:11 left in the half.

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Two baskets from Tyler Murrell got the Pioneers within seven but Tim Fuller and Trey Woodbury combined for a 7-0 run to take a 33-19 lead with 3:56 in the half.

UVU’s lead would grow to 37-20 at the half.

Second Half

Utah Valley would enjoy a double-digit lead throughout the second half ass they pulled away from the Pioneers.

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Woodbury’s 17 points led all scorers as three Wolverines reached double-figures. Blaze Nield added 14 points. Justin Harmon scored 13. Aziz Bandaogo finished with a team-high 12 boards.

Michael Hayes was the only Pioneer to cross the double-digit barrier, finishing with 15 points. Levonte Ott added eight points in the loss.

Up Next

The Wolverines pack up and head to Eugene, Oregon where they will face the Pac-12’s Oregon Ducks (6-5) at Matthew Knight Arena on Tuesday, December 20. Tip-off for this game is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. (MST).

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