Wolverines overwhelmed by Utah State, fall 75-58 in season opener

The Utah Valley men’s basketball team had a disappointing start to their 2022-23 season, falling on the road at Utah State in Logan.

Tim Fuller contests the shot in the paint (Photo courtesy of UVU Athletics).

The Utah Valley University men’s basketball team started the season 0-1 after falling on the road against Utah State University 75-58 on Tuesday. Aziz Bandaogo socred 17 points for the Wolverines in his UVU debut.

The Wolverines were ice cold from the field and couldn’t get going offensively in the loss. As a team, they shot 32% and a frigid 15.8% from beyond the arch. Cam Alford scored 13 points for the Wolverines yet no other player found their way to double-figure scoring. Shooting woes plagued the Wolverines, as they shot just 1-9 from three in the second half while allowing the Aggies to shoot 42% from three.

The first half was mostly close until at six minutes left to play, the Aggies rallied off a 5-0 run to claim a 30-22 lead. Despite cutting that lead to four, the Wolverines game up an 11-2 run to close the half, unable to close out on Aggie three-point shooters. UVU went into the break down 41-28.

The Wolverines made a run at this game, with Alford and Justin Harmon hitting back-to-back fast break jumpers to skim the Aggie lead to just four. However, after trailing 55-51 midway through the second half, the Wolverine defense gave way and allowed a four point defecit to balloon to a 17 point defecit, effecitvely ending the Wolverine’s chances at a victory. 

UVU was outscored 41-28 in the first half, proving the difference maker as the Wolverines were unable to successfully mount a comeback.

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