Marcel Davis scored a team-high 16 points and Konner Frey added 14 to lead the Utah Valley University men's basketball team in a 73-62 setback to WAC foe Seattle U on Thursday night at the UCCU Center.
With the loss, Utah Valley falls to 9-12 overall on the season and 3-3 in WAC play. Seattle U improves to 9-11 overall and 3-3 in league play.
"Seattle is one of the slowest-paced teams in the country and they sit in a really long 3-2 zone that was difficult for us to crack tonight," Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope said. "Our guys tried to get some pace in the game and tried to get some ball movement but we just couldn't do it consistently. This was a hard matchup for us. Seattle U played the exact game they wanted to play tonight."
Utah Valley jumped out to a quick 12-6 lead five minutes into the game, but the Redhawks countered with a 29-8 run during the next 13 minutes to take a 34-20 advantage with 1:55 remaining in the half. UVU then went on a 6-0 run to cut the SU lead to just eight points, 34-26, at the break.
The Wolverines opened the half on an 8-2 run to cut the SU lead to five points, 39-34, with 17:41 to play. SU used a 10-3 run of its own to extend its lead to 12 points, 49-37, with 14:13 remaining. Utah Valley fought back to get as close as five points, 51-46, but couldn't get any closer as the Redhawks continued to extend their lead throughout the remainder of the game to secure the win.
Davis scored his 16 points on 3-of-10 shooting from the field, including a pair of 3-point field goals. He hit 8-of-10 shots from the free-throw line. Davis also pulled down six rebounds and dished out five assists.
Frey tallied his 14 points on a 4-of-9 clip from the floor, including one shot from long range. He pulled down eight rebounds and recorded an assist. Jaden Jackson was also in double figures with 12 points as he knocked down four shots from the field, including a pair of threes. He also registered three assists and three rebounds.
Andrew Bastien recorded a game-high three blocks with eight rebounds and five points. Hayden Schenk recorded nine points with three rebounds.
Utah Valley shot 30.9 percent (17-of-55) from the field and 30.8 percent (8-of-26) from beyond the arc. Seattle U hit 50 percent (26-of-52) of its shots on the night and 31.3 percent (5-of-16) from long range.
The Wolverines continue WAC play at home on Saturday as the team hosts CSU Bakersfield at the UCCU Center at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on UVU TV and on ESPN 960 AM radio.
Jason Erickson works in the communications office at the Utah Valley University athletic department. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.