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BYU/UVU roundup: Wolverine men’s hoops wins at Tarleton State

By Staff | Mar 7, 2024

Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

UVU head coach Todd Phillips watches his team during the WAC game against Grand Canyon at the UCCU Center in Orem on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024.

How often does a team go on the road and go 0-for-12 from the 3-point line and just 11-of-22 from the free throw line — and still win?

It doesn’t happen often but somehow the UVU men’s basketball team managed to do all of those things in Thursday’s crazy 63-60 win at Tarleton on Thursday night.

The Texans appeared to be in control of the contest as the home team led 51-38 with just over 13 minutes left in the game.

Although the Wolverines chipped away at the lead, Tarleton was still up 58-46 with 9:18 left in the game after a pair of free throws by Devon Barnes.

And then the direction of the contest completely changed.

Initiated by a fast break dunk by UVU junior Drake Allen, the Wolverines came charging back.

Allen got another layup, then Ethan Potter threw down a jam of his own and Trevin Dorius added a putback to cut the deficit to four.

The Texans got a temporary reprieve when Emmanuel Innocenti put in a layup with 5:52 on the clock — but the home team wouldn’t score again.

Seven made free throws and a short shot by Potter proved to be just enough to allow UVU to go in front.

UVU missed enough foul shots to leave the door open for Tarleton State, but the Texans couldn’t find a way to score and the Wolverines managed to get the unlikely win.

UVU was led by 22 points and 15 rebounds from Potter, while Allen tacked on 20 points and eight boards. Caleb Stone-Carrawell came off the bench to tack on 12 points for the Wolverines.

UVU closes out the regular season when it heads to Abilene Christian on Friday at 2 p.m.

UVU women’s basketball beats Tarleton State

The Wolverines came into Thursday’s home game against Tarleton State knowing that they are still among five teams fighting for the final two spots in next week’s WAC Tournament. UVU needed a win in order to keep their hopes of a berth alive.

Yet at halftime, the Wolverines found themselves down by four. For a team that has endured some tough times, UVU really needed to respond.

And the Wolverines did just that, surging in front in the third quarter. Eleyana Tafisi hit a big 3-pointer midway through the final frame to push UVU’s lead to seven and the visitors could get no closer than four points the rest of the way as the Wolverines won, 73-66.

UVU was paced by 25 points from Tahlia White, who also had four steals and two blocks. Kylee Mabry and Ally Criddle added 11 points apiece while Tafisi had nine points and 10 assists.

The Wolverines finish the regular season when they host Abilene Christian at the UCCU Center in Orem on Friday at 2 p.m.

Cougar softball loses to Texas Tech in home opener

BYU softball dropped its home opener to Texas Tech, 10-5 at Gail Miller Field on Thursday afternoon.

Five runs wasn’t enough for the Cougars (14-5, 0-1 Big 12) to catch the Red Raiders (18-4, 1-0 Big 12) who earned 10 runs on 14 hits.

The Cougars will continue play against the Red Raiders in Game 2 of a three-game series on Friday, Mar. 7 at 3 p.m. MT. Coverage will be streamed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

BYU baseball gets beat by West Virginia in first Big 12 game

Cougar baseball lost Game 1 of a three-game series at West Virginia, 10-4, on Thursday at Monongalia County Ballpark in Morgantown.

BYU (6-6) scored four runs on 10 hits in its inaugural game of Big 12 baseball, while WVU (8-6) put up 10 runs on 13 hits. Mountaineer starting pitcher Aiden Major–who entered the game ranked third in the conference in innings pitched and strikeouts–worked eight complete innings for the win to improve to 3-0.

“I thought we swung the bats pretty well,” said BYU head coach Trent Pratt. “We hit a bunch of balls hard early that just didn’t fall, but credit our guys for not giving up and fighting all nine innings. Unfortunately, we had too many walks today. You can’t walk eight guys against a good team and expect to win.”

Due to potential inclement weather expected on Saturday in Morgantown, Games 2 and 3 of the series will be played as a double header on Friday, March 8, with the first game scheduled for 2 p.m. ET at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Both games will be broadcast live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ with legendary Pittsburgh Pirates broadcaster Lanny Frattare on play-by-play and Tyler Barnette as the analyst. The games will also air live on the BYU Radio App and BYU Radio 107.9 FM in the northern Utah market, with Dave McCann on the call.

UVU women’s golf in second at Thunderbird Invite

Pati Uluave shot a 2-over-par 74 to lead Utah Valley in the first round of the Pizza Hut Lady Thunderbird Invitational on Thursday at Sunbrook Golf Course in St. George.

Uluave is tied for fourth on the 80-player leaderboard at 2-over-par 74. She carded two back-nine birdies to go along with 12 pars in her opening round. Uluave is just three strokes behind Stetson’s Elizabeth Eberle (-1) for the top spot on the individual leaderboard.

Utah Valley sits alone in second place on the 13-team leaderboard after carding an opening-round 15-over-par 303. The Wolverines are just two strokes behind Boise State (+13) for the top spot on the leaderboard.

Utah Valley will continue play at the Pizza Hut Lady Thunderbird Invitational in Round 2 on Friday. Live scoring will be available at GolfStat.com.


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