UTAH VALLEY WOLVERINES

First Round Loss Eliminates Utah Valley From WAC Tournament

Mar 13, 2024, 9:22 PM | Updated: Mar 14, 2024, 11:42 am

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Utah Valley ran out of gas in overtime as Cal Baptist took control in the extra period for a 74-63 win. The loss eliminates UVU from the WAC postseason tournament.

No. 5 Utah Valley (16-16, 11-10) faced No. 8 California Baptist in the first round of the 2024 WAC Men’s Basketball Tournament at Orleans Arena on Wednesday, March 13.

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Ethan Potter’s 23 points led Utah Valley. Drake Allen added 17 points while Caleb Stone-Carrawell had 10 points.

Blondeau Tchoukuiegno scored 19 points to help the Lancers advance.

First Half

Ethan Potter started 2-2, but the Wolverines fell behind 9-6 with 14:52 left after CBU hit three shots in a row and four of six to start the game.

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A perfectly timed Trevin Dorius block triggered a fast break for Utah Valley but Jaden McClanahan came up empty on the other end. Caleb Stone-Carrawell had six points with UVU trailing 18-16 at the under-eight-minute timeout.

Drake Allen put UVU in front when he fought through contact to hit a layup to go up 27-26 late in the half. Moments late, Tanner Toolson sliced his way to the basket for a bucket that gave his team a 30-28 halftime lead.

Potter led all scorers with 13 points on 5-6 shooting.

Second Half

Stone-Carrawell and Potter continued to lead the Wolverines offense, with the duo each getting early second-half buckets. UVU was getting little production elsewhere, going scoreless for 2:28 as the Lancers built a 47-40 lead with 11:57 left.

California Baptist went on a 10-0 run, with UVU’s scoreless stretch extending to nearly four minutes. Potter cut the deficit to 52-42 with a bucket.

Moments later, back-to-back threes from Allen made it a four-point game.

The Wolverines’ defense settled in, holding CBU scoreless for more than four minutes. An 8-0 Utah Valley’s run tied the game at 58 with just over two minutes to play.

Trailing 60-58, UVU got a defensive stop that led to Allen going one-on-one with the final seconds ticking down. After being fouled with 3.8 seconds left, the former Southern Utah guard hit two free throws to tie the game.

California Baptist missed a shot at the horn to force overtime.

Overtime

CBU scored the first nine points of overtime, and it looked like Utah Valley had run out of gas after the second-half comeback.

UVU never threatened again before falling 74-63.

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The 2024 WAC Men’s Basketball Tournament began on Wednesday, March 13, and continues through Saturday, March 16. Games are being played at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Brian Preece is a KSLsports.com insider covering the Utah State Aggies, Locals in MLB, and Salt Lake Bees. Follow Brian’s Bees, Beehive baseball, and Aggie athletics coverage here.

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