Utah Valley (2-0 this week, 4-1 overall) started the week by going to Denver and defeated the Pioneers, 88-85. Then the Wolverines sang an encore that made UVU history and upset the balance of power along the Wasatch Mountain range in Utah.
There is a new kid on the block in the state of Utah as second year head coach Mark Pope and UVU created a new rivalry for BYU. Pope, a former BYU assistant coach, and his upstart program beat BYU 114-101 in the Marriott Center in front of 18,000 Cougar fans on Saturday.
“This is a great win for us and a great night but we have so much growing to do,” Pope said. “This won’t be the best moment we have at Utah Valley. We still have so much work that we have to do and we can become such a better team but this is a really special night for us and we’re grateful to have the opportunity to play the game.”
UVU was led by ex-BYU player Isaac Neilson with 26 points and 9 rebounds and Brandon Randolph who pumped in 21 points while dropping 14 dimes. Conner Toolson (21 points) and Jordan Poydras (20 points) combined for another 41 points in the historic win.
The Wolverines’ hit a school record 18 three pointers and shot 53% (36 of 68) and 49% from 3 points (18 of 37) in setting a record for most points scored by any opponent at BYU.
Above: Connor Toolson (Courtesy Ryan Boswell/Utah Valley)