Weekend sports roundup: UVU basketball wins 12th-straight home game; BYU basketball teams lose to San Diego

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UVU sophomore Jake Toolson led the Wolverines in scoring with 16 points and eight rebounds against UTRGV. (Photo by UVU Photo)

If you were as busy as the Cougars and Wolverines were this weekend, chances are you didn’t get to watch all of the games. Here’s a quick recap of how it all went down.

UVU men’s basketball wins 12th-straight home game

UVU men’s basketball team won its 12th-straight home game 84–72 against UTRGV on Saturday night in the UCCU Center.

“I’m really proud of my guys,” said UVU coach Mark Pope. “This UTRGV team is a really tough team. We knew they would come in here and battle. We were carrying over some fatigue from Thursday night’s big game. We came in and did what we had to do. Our guys were really sharing the ball. We had 22 assists on 28 made baskets. That’s really good.”

UVU guards Jake Toolson and Brandon Randolph led the Wolverines with 16 points apiece. Toolson added eight rebounds and Randolph snagged six rebounds. In total, five Wolverines scored in double figures: Jerrelle DeBerry scored 12 points, while Kenneth Ogbe scored 11 points and Conner Toolson scored 10 points.

This season UVU has maintained a 14–1 home record while going 5–7 on the road.

With just two weeks remaining in conference play, UVU is tied for second play in the Western Athletic Conference with a 19–8 overall record and 8–3 WAC record.

UVU nexts travels to California on Thursday to CSU Bakersfield (11–15, 4–7 WAC).

UVU women’s basketball falls short in overtime loss to UTRGV

UVU women’s basketball battled back from a nine-point second half deficit to send the game into overtime but eventually lost 71–64 to UTRGV.

“We had opportunities,” said Utah Valley coach Cathy Nixon. “That’s what you really hope for is to give yourself a chance, especially on the road against a team that has some momentum going for itself feeling confident off an overtime win against Seattle U. I think this came down to [UTRGV] grabbing 21 offensive rebounds and us missing 10 of our free throw attempts. If we cut both of those in half, I think the game would’ve swung the other way, but I’m proud of the way the girls fought tonight.”

UVU junior Britta Spencer led the Wolverines with 19 points. Sophomore Jordan Holland and senior Mariah Seals each contributed 11 points.

The Wolverines (10–16, 4–7 WAC) return home for its final pair of home games of the regular season starting on Thursday versus WAC frontrunner CSU Bakersfield at 11 a.m. in Lockhart Arena.

Foul trouble costs BYU basketball loss against San Diego

After playing back-to-back overtime games and coming out with a win, BYU men’s basketball team couldn’t find a rhythm against San Diego. The Cougars lost 75–62 to the Toreros on Saturday afternoon.

“We got ourselves in foul trouble too early, which made it difficult to get any kind of rhythm,” BYU head coach Dave Rose said. “I thought there were some things that we can build on.”

Both BYU sophomores Yoeli Childs and Jahshire Hardnett fouled out of the game.

San Diego shot 57.1 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc while the Cougars shot a season low 30.8 percent from the field and 7.7 percent from the 3-point line in the first half.

BYU guards Elijah Bryant and TJ Haws led the offense with 14 points apiece. BYU sophomore Zac Seljaas scored 11 points while Childs added eight.

BYU has one last road game during conference play. On Thursday, the Cougars travel to Portland. The 9 p.m. MST game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

BYU women’s basketball falls short against San Diego

BYU women’s basketball team battled until the end, but was unable to complete a comeback in its 66–60 loss to San Diego in the Marriott Center on Saturday.

“Today we did not play like we were capable of playing,” said BYU coach Jeff Judkins. “It seemed like we were going uphill the whole game. We had some opportunities to win, but we didn’t make plays when we had to make them. Hopefully we’ll be able to bounce back Thursday and play well Saturday to go into the tournament with confidence.”

With just 1:03 minutes left in the game, BYU freshman Sara Hamson blocked a San Diego shot attempt and sophomore Brenna Chase scored a 3-point shot at the other end of the court to get the Cougars within one point of the Toreros. Then BYU had the chance to take the lead with only 30 seconds left in the game, but a missed Chase 3-pointer forced the Cougars to foul. San Diego made both of its free throws and BYU missed its remaining shot attempts.

BYU senior Cassie Broadhead Davshrayee led the Cougars in scoring with 15 points along with a game-high eight assists. Teammates Malia Nawahine and Chase both scored in double digits with 10 each. Hamson grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with a game-high five blocks in the loss.

For senior night, BYU will host Portland in the final home game of the season at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22.

Defensive effort helps BYU men’s volleyball sweep Concordia Irvine

The No. 7 BYU men’s volleyball swept Concordia Irvine (25-21, 25-22, 25-15) on Saturday.

“I’m happy with how the guys played today,” said BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead. “Our block was particularly effective, and I thought we competed well as a team.”

BYU freshman Gabi Garcia Fernandez led the Cougars with 11 kills, six digs and five blocks. Senior Price Jarman collected a season-high eight blocks and senior Erik Sikes had seven digs. Setter Leo Durkin had 32 assists and eight digs.

The Cougars continue on the road for their next match against Stanford on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. MST. A live stream and live stats for the match will be available on the BYU men’s volleyball schedule page.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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