Konner Frey scored a team-high 17 points and Marcel Davis added 15 to lead the Utah Valley University men's basketball team in a 96-68 setback to 15th-ranked Louisville at the Billy Minardi Classic on Wednesday night at the KFC Yum! Center.
"As disappointed as I was with myself and our team last night, I was proud of our guys' effort tonight," Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope said. "Our guys competed from the very first tip until the very last second and I'm really proud of them for that. This Louisville team is really good. And we're not at the stage where we can compete with a team as talented as this yet. We're growing and we're growing quickly and I expect these guys to be a lot better by the end of the season and that to continue to go into next year. I'm excited about the future."
The Cardinals (11-1) jumped out to a quick 13-2 lead in the first four minutes of play. Ivory Young converted on a three-point play at the 13:16 mark to cut the Louisville lead to seven points, 19-12. That was as close as UVU got as the Cardinals responded with a large run to take a 59-31 lead into the break.
Louisville opened the half with an 8-0 run to take a 67-33 lead with 17:27 remaining. Frey knocked down a shot from long range at the 8:05 mark to cut the lead to an 80-51 advantage for the Cardinals. Louisville continued to build its lead until the Wolverines used a 15-5 run during the final five minutes to cut what was a 40-point Cardinals lead to a 30-point Louisville win, 98-68.
Frey led Utah Valley (5-8) with a team-high 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field. He also hit three shots from long range and went 2-for-4 at the free-throw line. The junior forward also pulled down six rebounds, dished out two assists and tallied a pair of blocks.
Davis scored his 15 points on a 5-of-10 clip from the field with two shots from beyond the arc. Davis also tallied five assists and four rebounds. Jaden Jackson was also in double figures with 10 points.
Louisville shot 55.4 percent from the field while knocking down nine 3-point field goals. Utah Valley connected on 40.4 percent of its shots from the field with eight shots from long range.
Trey Lewis led Louisville with a game-high 21 points. Quentin Snider and Damion Lee were also in double figures with 15 and 11 points, respectively.
Jason Erickson works in the communications office at the Utah Valley University athletic department. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.