Konner Frey recorded his fourth double-double of the season and Dayon Goodman scored a career-high 17 points to help the Utah Valley University men's basketball team overcome a 20-point first half deficit to defeat Missouri-Kansas City, 79-70, on Saturday night at the UCCU Center.
The win moves the Wolverines into a tie with Seattle U at 6-6 for the fourth spot in the WAC standings. UVU improves to 12-15 overall on the season. UMKC falls to 10-17 overall and 3-9 in league play.
After falling behind 30-10 with 8:07 to play in the first half, Utah Valley used a 22-8 run to cut the UMKC lead to just a 38-32 advantage at the break. The Wolverines battled to tie the game 55-55 with 9:19 to play and then took their second lead of game, 58-57, with 7:33 remaining. Utah Valley then continued to build on its lead through the final seven minutes to secure the 79-70 victory.
"I'm really proud of our guys," Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope said. "We're down 30-10 and had every reason in the world to feel like maybe it just wasn't our night, but with 10 minutes left in the first half our guys said nope, we're going to go. It's a great learning experience for us. We had some guys step up. Konner played with incredible energy tonight. Dayon was a great contributor tonight, especially defensively for us. Marcel is leading this team and Jaden was great."
Frey tallied his double-double with 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. The junior forward knocked down 6-of-14 shots from the field, including 3-of-6 shots from long range. He also had two blocks and a pair of steals.
Marcel Davis also recorded 18 points on a 5-of-13 clip from the field. Davis hit 7-of-8 shots from the free-throw line. He also pulled down six rebounds and dished out a game-high six assists.
Goodman scored his career-high 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting. He knocked down 3-of-4 free throws and pulled down six rebounds. Jaden Jackson was also in double figures with 15 points.
As a team, Utah Valley shot 38.7 percent (24-of-62) from the field compared to UMKC's 37.5 percent (24-of-64) mark. The Wolverines forced UMKC into 16 turnovers while committing a season low seven.
Dashawn King led UMKC with 18 points. LaVell Boyd and Darnell Tillman were also in double figures with 12 points apiece.
Utah Valley has a week off before heading to the Emerald City to take on Seattle U on Saturday, Feb. 27.
Jason Erickson works in the communications office at the Utah Valley University athletic department. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.