OREM, Utah (AP) — Brandon Randolph scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Utah Valley broke into the win column in Western Athletic Conference play with an 86-76 win over UMKC on Saturday night.
The Wolverines bounced back from a loss to Chicago State Thursday night with a strong finish against UMKC, extending a four-point halftime lead into a double-digit advantage in the closing minutes.
Randolph hit 6 of 12 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free-throw line to lead Utah Valley (9-9, 1-2). Conner Toolson added 13 points and Jared Stutzman chipped in a dozen points off the bench.
"First of all it's a great win against a really great team, a veteran team that was coming off two-straight WAC wins," said Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope. "It was a really gritty, unique game. Sometimes the weird games are hard to win, so with those two things together I couldn't be more proud of the guys and happier with the outcome and excited. It's probably realistically where we are right now in this conference."
The Wolverines shot 25 of 56 from the field (44.6 percent), including 5 of 18 from distance, and converted 31 of 42 from the line.
LaVell Boyd knocked down 22 points to help pace UMKC (9-11, 2-2), with Xavier Bishop and Broderick Newbill each adding 14 points.