FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Isaiah White scored 19 points and led five players into double-figure scoring as Utah Valley ran away from Northern Arizona in the second half to post a 98-78 nonconference victory Saturday night.
The Wolverines bounced back from an 80-69 loss at Arizona Thursday to earn their first road win of the season.
Carlos Hines hit a 3-pointer with :40 left to pull the Lumberjacks even at 44-44, but Wyatt Lowell answered with a 3 to send Utah Valley into the break with a 47-44 advantage. White opened the second half with a free throw and Connor Toolson added a 3 and a layup to push the lead to 53-44. Hines hit two 3s to help Northern Arizona hang on, but Utah Valley answered with 3s from White and Lowell. Ben Nakwaasah and Jake Toolson each hit 3s, and after Bernie Andre hit a jumper for the Lumberjacks, Nakwaasah hit again from deep to make it 74-59 and the Wolverines cruised from there.
Toolson finished with 16 points and Utah Valley (7-4) finished hitting 15 of 24 from beyond the arc.
Hines hit 5 of 9 from deep and finished with 21 points for Northern Arizona (2-5).
Utah Valley travels to Ogden next week for a showdown with in-state rival Weber State. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on KJZZ-TV.
Central Michigan makes 28 FTs, beats Southern Utah 95-86
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Larry Austin Jr. scored 20 points, Kevin McKay added 16 points and 13 rebounds and Central Michigan beat Southern Utah 95-86 on Saturday night.
“We had too many wasted possessions,” SUU head coach Todd Simon said. “We shot 55 percent from the floor and lost which tells you a couple of different things, namely that were giving away too many possessions right now. Giving up 18 offensive rebounds and having 16 turnovers feeds directly to the result, so we need to clean up those issues and it’s hard to do that on the road.”
Central Michigan (8-2) has won four of its last five games while Southern Utah (4-3) has lost three of four. The Chippewas avenged an 86-80 loss at Southern Utah last season that snapped a seven-game win streak.
David DiLeo made five 3-pointers and all four of his free-throw attempts to finish with 19 points for Central Michigan. Shawn Roundtree Jr. added 14 points, Rob Montgomery had 11 and Matt Beachler 10. The Chippewas shot 28 of 40 from the line, with Austin and Roundtree making eight free throws apiece.
Jason Richardson scored 19 points and Brandon Better had 17 to lead Southern Utah, which shot 54 percent from the field but committed 16 turnovers and 26 fouls.
Central Michigan built a 42-31 halftime advantage. Southern Utah pulled to 53-45, but DiLeo and Beachler answered with back-to-back 3-pointers and Southern Utah didn’t get closer.
Next Saturday, SUU hosts Pepperdine at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Pluto TV – Ch. 236.