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UVU men’s basketball enjoys easy blowout of NAIA-foe Eastern Oregon

November 21, 2017

After some tough battles to start the season, the Utah Valley men’s basketball team finally got a chance to truly put things in cruise control.

The Wolverines started Monday night’s game against over-matched NAIA-opponent Eastern Oregon with a 28-4 run and never looked back, getting scoring from 10 different players on their way to the 97-52 win.

“I’m proud of our guys,” UVU head coach Mark Pope said. “This was a functional game for us in two ways. First, it allowed us to catch our breath and play guys who haven’t been on the floor. I’m also proud the way we started the game, especially defensively.”

The Wolverines were paced by 20 points and 11 rebounds from senior center Akolda Manyang, who took advantage of being 5 inches taller than the tallest Mountaineer.

UVU also got double-digit scoring from graduate Kenneth Ogbe (16 points, including four 3-pointers), senior Isaac Nielson (15 points), sophomore Jake Toolson (11 points) and junior Cory Calvert (11 points).

“It’s good to have these games to work on things and think through things better,” junior Conner Toolson said. “But I enjoy close games, so it was kind of boring for me.”

The Wolverines next head on the road to play at North Dakota on Nov. 25 at 1 p.m.