Local colleges: UVU completes non-conference game with Pac-12 street win over Washington

Utah Valley striker Fardaws Aimaq shoots over Washington during an NCAA college basketball game in Seattle on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. (Courtesy: UVU Athletics)

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OREM – Perhaps the most enigmatic team in college basketball, added another argument to the label on Tuesday night.

Fardaws Aimaq scored a total of 15 points and 15 rebounds for his nationally leading 10th double-double of the season and led Utah Valley to a 68-52 win over Washington in their non-conference street final Tuesday night at the Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle.

Le’Tre Darthard led the Wolverines (9-3) with 16 points, and Tim Fuller and Tim Ceaser each scored 10 for Utah Valley. Blaze Nield handed out five team high assists for the Wolverines, and BYU transfer colleague Connor Harding added 5 points, three rebounds and three assists.

The victory over Washington marks only the third win over a Power Six conference team in Wolverines’ Division I history, the first since a road win over the state of Oregon in 2010, and the first time since 2007 that an opponent without a 3- Pointer is held.

“I was really proud of our boys,” said Mark Madsen, Utah Valley coach. “We had a lot of boys fighting disease and for our boys going out and fighting. I was really proud of our boys, gutted everything and done it. It’s easy to train when you have great players and I’m happy me for our players. “

Terrell Brown Jr. brought in 23 points to lead Washington (5-5), which received 10 points from Emmitt Matthews Jr. The rest of the active line-up of the Huskies – eight players in total – scored a total of 19 points. including 7 by PJ Fuller.

The Wolverines finish the game without a conference with a 9-3 record, which includes an historic 72-65 win in overtime against then No. 12 BYU, their first win over a ranked opponent at the UCCU Center, and Tuesday’s win over the Huskies. It’s the best 12-game start of a season in school history for the Wolverines, who are unbeaten in overtime games – a perfect 4-0 – but also include road losses against southern Utah and Wyoming and against two non-Division I Opponents have played in non-conference play.

Utah Valley was ranked 82nd in Monday’s latest edition of the NCAA’s NET ratings, ranked third behind number 71 in the Grand Canyon and 76th state of New Mexico in the Western Athletic Conference.

UVU opens the WAC game against conference newcomer Abilene Christian in Orem on Thursday, December 30th. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 PM MT on ESPN + for the first of three consecutive home games, including January 8 against state rival Dixie State.

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– USU Men’s Hoops (@USUBasketball) December 22, 2021

Utah State 81, Portland State 62

In Logan, Justin Bean scored his eighth double-double of the season and 34th of his career with 29 points and 12 rebounds when the Aggies broke away from the Vikings in the Dee Glenn Smith Spectrum.

Max Shulga had a career high of 18 points and the best seven rebounds of the season in 28 minutes for the Aggies, who received 9 points, nine rebounds and seven assists from Brandon Horvath.

“Big win tonight when Brock (Miller) is unavailable and RJ (Eytle-Rock) is unavailable, two starters,” said Utah state coach Ryan Odom, who described Shulga as “great”. “We were concerned that Bean might play in the game too. He played in the Iowa game and probably shouldn’t have played that game, but he wanted to play and gave it up for his team. He’s feeling better now.” ‘Thank god he didn’t practice in two days and that probably helped him a bit.

“(Track coach) Leah (Dunagan) was working on his ankle, it was quite swollen after the Iowa game. But you wouldn’t have known if you saw him out there today, 29 (points) and 12 (rebounds). Obviously he got the 3-ball rolling but he still shot in and around the basket and was very effective and great for our team, so obviously a huge plus to play. “

Utah State opens the Air Force Mountain West game next Wednesday, December 29th. The tipoff from the Clune Arena is scheduled for 1:00 PM MST.

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Shaylee Gonzales scored 21 points with five rebounds, five assists and four steals 89-67 road win over the state of Montana on Tuesday night.

Tegan Graham added 10 points for the Cougars, who opened 10-1 before turning to the West Coast Conference game, where they are preseason favorites.

“We’ve been planning really hard this season without a conference,” said head coach Jeff Judkins. “We played a lot of games on the street and a lot of tough games. It will help us prepare for the conference. I think it was a really good performance. There were other people on duty tonight. Every night someone can be different. ” That’s what makes a good team. “

The Cougars outperformed the Bobcats 44-28 in color, scoring 23 points behind on sales, with 23 assists on just nine sales and a cool 45% off the field.

BYU opens the WCC game against San Diego next Thursday, December 30th. Provo’s tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM MT on BYUtv.


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