TAMPA, Fla. – Traveling across the country for a quarterfinal round of the College Basketball Invitational, the Utah Valley Wolverines couldn't get past the host USF Bulls, falling 66-57 Monday night in Tampa, Fla.
In the first half, the Wolverines came ready to play, shooting 14-of-29 from the field and outrebounding USF 18-12 over the first 20 minutes. Despite the Bulls picking off 11 steals in the first half, UVU did well once it got the ball into the lane, scoring 24 points in the paint as it headed into the break down one, 33-32.
Unfortunately for UVU, the second half was another story as the Bulls controlled nearly every aspect of the game. The Wolverines did a much better job protecting the ball, as USF had just four second-half steals, but the Wolverines struggled to get the ball back into the lane, scoring just 12 points in the paint over the last 20 minutes as the Bulls took the 66-57 win.
Ben Nakwaasah led Utah Valley with 12 points, while Connor MacDougall and Richard Harward added 10 points each. Isaiah White grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and TJ Washington dished out nine assists.