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MacDougall Has Career Night to Help UVU Win 19th Straight Home Game

Jay Drowns - UVU

OREM — And the streak lives on.

Connor MacDougall scored a career-high 28 points to help Utah Valley pick up its 19th straight home win, 88-77 over Idaho State on Wednesday night in the UCCU Center.

“I’m super proud of the guys,” said Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope. “It’s hard to get 19 in a row and it was hard tonight against a team that’s really good, a team that is hard to guard because they shoot the ball so well. We grinded out the win. It wasn’t beautiful but those messy wins sometimes have special moments.”

MacDougall not only scored a career-high, he was a perfect 12-for-12 from the field en route to the career night. The New Mexico transfer also recorded a double-double by pulling down 10 rebounds.

Utah Valley improves to 9-4 overall and it is the third straight win over a Big Sky team for the Wolverines.

In the first home game in almost three weeks, Utah Valley got off to a slow start. Gary Chivichyan hit a 3-pointer with 11:57 left in the first half to give Idaho State a 17-10 lead.

Chivichyan finished with a team-high 23 points for the Bengals.

Former UVU sharpshooter Jared Stuzman made it a 10-point Idaho State lead with a 3-pointer from the corner with 6:39 left in the first half. And from that point on, the Wolverines woke up. 

UVU went on a 21-4 run to end the first half, capped off by a Ben Nakwaasah step-back 3-pointer at the buzzer to take a 40-33 lead into the locker room.

In the second half, Chivichyan hit another 3-pointer with 12:11 left that cut the deficit to three. But the night belonged to the Wolverines.  UVU used an 15-5 run over the next six minutes to take control capped off by a Connor MacDougall layup. 

MacDougall put a stamp on his night with a two-handed flush that gave UVU an 80-70 lead with 2:20 left to play. The Wolverines then hit free throws down the stretch to seal the deal.

“This guy (MacDougall) has sacrificed everything for this team,” said Pope. “He’s had games where he hasn’t had a lot of opportunity to contribute…and then he sets an all-time record in Utah Valley history. It’s probably going to stand for a long, long time.”

Jake Toolson had another solid night for the Wolverines as he finished with 18 points. Ben Nakwaasah and Conner Toolson each finished with 11 points while Isaiah White finished with 10 points for UVU. 

Brandon Boyd had 16 points while Chier Maker and Balint Mocsan both finished with 12 points for the Bengals.

UVU shot 55.6 percent from the field but were only 3-of-19 from beyond the 3-point line. Idaho State, on the other hand, hit 12 3-pointers on the night while shooting 50 percent from the field. 

Next up for UVU is a chance to make it 20 straight home wins. The Wolverines host Sam Houston State in a Saturday afternoon game at the UCCU Center at 2 p.m. MT. 

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