Utah Valley looks to pick up its third-straight win as the Wolverines continue play at home on Monday against Eastern Oregon. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. MT, at the UCCU Center.
After opening the season with what is likely the toughest 24 hours in basketball history with road losses at Kentucky and Duke, Utah Valley has rebounded with a pair of wins to even its record at 2-2. The Wolverines most recently picked up an 80-71 win over Big West champion UC Davis on Saturday afternoon in the team's home opener at the UCCU Center.
Kenneth Ogbe scored a game-high 21 points and three other Wolverines reached double figures to lead Utah Valley to an 80-71 win over reigning Big West Conference champion UC Davis on Saturday in the team's home opener. As a team, Utah Valley shot 49.1 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. UVU also went 14-of-16 from the foul line for an 87.5 percent clip. Ogbe led all scorers on the afternoon with 21 points behind a 3-of-4 clip from 3-point range and a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Manyang pitched in 16 points and eight rebounds in the winning effort and was also a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. Jake Toolson was the third Wolverine to go 4-of-4 from the charity stripe on his way to scoring 13 points. Conner Toolson scored 16 points on a game-high four 3-pointers, and Randolph had a solid all-around game with seven points, four rebounds and a game-high six assists.
UVU opened the season taking on No. 4/5 Kentucky and No. 1 Duke on back-to-back nights. The Wolverines dropped a 73-63 decision to Kentucky before falling 99-69 to Duke. UVU then had to travel to Pocatello, Idaho, just two days later to take on Idaho State, which the Wolverines defeated, 84-71.
Eastern Oregon plays in the NAIA and is a member of the Frontier Conference, along with nine other teams, including Carroll College, College of Idaho, Lewis-Clark, Montana Northern, Montana Tech, Montana Western, Providence, Rocky Mountain and Southern Oregon. The Mountaineers are a perfect 8-0 on the season. The team did lose a 104-65 decision to Boise State in an exhibition game. The team most recently picked up a 102-76 win at New Hope Christian on Saturday afternoon in Eugene, Oregon. Senior guard Cole Ashby scored a career-high 22 points, including an impressive 6-for-9 clip from 3-point range. Junior guard Paul Hugo netted a career-high 20 points with four assists, while freshman Jordan May chipped in 16 points off the bench. Sophomore guard Max McCullough leads the team in scoring at 21.3 points per game. The 5-foot-11 guard is connecting on 58.7 percent of his shots from the field and a 41.9 clip from beyond the arc (61-of-104). Freshman guard Jordan May and senior guard Blake O'Donnell also average double figures at 16.1 and 15.4 points per game, respectively. O'Donnell leads the team in rebounding, pulling down 7.5 boards a contest. As a team, EOU is averaging 99.0 points per game while allowing an average of 75.9 points per game.
Utah Valley and Eastern Oregon meet up on the basketball hardwood for the first time on Monday. Utah Valley does have another Frontier Conference foe on its schedule as the Wolverines will host Montana Tech on Dec. 20.
Utah Valley holds an all-time 152-45 (77 percent) record in 12 seasons at the UCCU Center. The Wolverines are averaging 12.5 wins a season at the UCCU Center. UVU finished play at home last season with an 8-5 record. UVU is a perfect 1-0 at home this season.
Monday night's game against Eastern Oregon will be broadcast live on the WAC Digital Network with Brandon Crow and Holton Hunsaker handling play-by-play and color duties. The game will also be broadcast on the airwaves via ESPN 960 AM radio with Jim McCulloch and Josh Kullanki handling the play-by-play and color duties. A live stream of the radio broadcast will be available online through ESPN960sports and also through the ESPN 960 app.
Jason Erickson works in the communications office at the Utah Valley University athletic department. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit GoUVU.com.