UVU basketball: hot shooting helps UVU cruise to 95-59 win against UMKC

In its second conference game of the season, the Utah Valley University men’s basketball team shot an impressive 53.3 percent from the field on its way to defeating Missouri Kansas City, 95-59, on Thursday night at the UCCU Center.

With the win, the Wolverines improved to 13-5 overall on the year and 2-0 in WAC play. The winning streak for Utah Valley is now six games, the longest of the season. UVU’s solid game from long distance marked the fifth game with 10 or more made threes on the season. A 35-20 margin in the rebounding battle and 28 points off 19 forced turnovers both contributed to the win for the Wolverines. UVU also enjoyed a 38-18 advantage in points in the paint.

“I like the way we’re playing right now, especially on the defensive end of the floor,” said UVU head coach Mark Pope. “UMKC is a young team that is figuring itself out right now, but they just race the ball up and down the floor and play really fast and aggressive, so I was really excited about our effort tonight. I’m proud of the team and it’s another great win for us.”

Utah Valley’s offense got off to a quick start when Conner Toolson connected on a shot from long distance on the game’s first possession, and Kenneth Ogbe hit a layup the next trip down the floor. Toolson went on to knock down his second three just a few moments later.

Holding a two-point lead at the 14-minute mark, Ogbe and Jerrelle DeBerry combined to hit three-consecutive 3-pointers and push UVU’s lead to nine. Following a layup from Zach Nelson, Ben Nakwaasah subbed in and knocked down another three, followed by Deberry’s second make from downtown. Another three and layup from Conner Toolson capped a 19-4 run for Utah Valley.

UMKC was able to find a little rhythm on offense before the half ended, but UVU gradually built its lead and took a 44-27 advantage into the break. Conner Toolson’s 11 points on a 4-of-4 clip from the field, including 3-of-3 from long distance, led the Wolverines in the first half. DeBerry pitched in nine off the bench with a 2-of-2 mark from three, and Ogbe scored eight. Isaac Neilson grabbed seven first-half rebounds, …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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