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Salute to Service Night as UVU Hosts Chicago State on Thursday

Clark Clifford - UVU Athletics

OREM — On Thursday night, playing in their first home game in almost three weeks, the UVU men’s basketball team will be hosting ‘Salute to Service Night’. The promotion is in conjunction with the UVU Veteran Success Center and is designed to create a night that is welcoming for all current and retired military personnel and their families.

“I am so excited to welcome our military families to campus today,” UVU head coach Mark Pope said. “These families have made and continue to make the ultimate sacrifice for our country and all of us fortunate enough to live here.

We have something special going with these promotions because it’s been such a great way for us to connect to the community and with students … One of our main purposes here is to reach out to the community and I think we’re doing that better and better every year.”

Prior to tipoff between the Wolverines and Cougars, a VIP dinner will be held for high-ranking individuals in attendance. One of the VIP’s includes a gold-star general and his family. Some of the activities going on include an inflatable obstacle course, repelling, American flags decorating the venue inside and out, special military in-game contests, special video promotions, t-shirts, military vehicles, and more. 

The mission of the UVU Veteran Success Center is to facilitate the successful navigation of student veterans, service members, and their dependents from registration to graduation, according to its website. The Success Center is design to help veterans and active service members navigate the policies and procedures of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Utah Valley University. It provides personalized care to help those seeking an education be successful in their college experience and beyond.

Veterans and active service members will get to watch UVU take on Chicago State in the UCCU Center. The Wolverines hold an 18-5 all-time record against the Cougars and a 10-1 record when the game is played in Orem. UVU is coming off a split road trip to the Southwest. The Wolverines lost at New Mexico State on Thursday but followed that up with an impressive win over UTRGV on Saturday night in Edinburg. 

Junior forward Jake Toolson leads UVU in scoring at 16.1 points per game. Fellow teammate Conner Toolson averages 12.4 points per game. In fact, the Toolson’s account for nearly 40 percent of UVU’s scoring this season. 

UVU is currently 17-8 overall and and 6-4 in WAC play. The Wolverines have won 4 out of their last 5 games and are 9-1 in the UCCU Center. UVU had its 22-game, home win streak snapped on Jan. 19 when New Mexico State beat the Wolverines, 83-78. 

Chicago State is currently winless in the WAC at 0-11 and 3-23 overall. The Cougars have lost 15 straight games with their last win coming on Dec. 6 against Trinity Christian. In fact, Chicago State has dropped 51 of its last 53 WAC games. Senior guard Anthony Harris is having a solid season, averaging 14.3 points per game. Two other Cougars are also averaging in double figures. Junior forward Christian Jacob and senior guard Rob Shaw average 10.9 and 10.2 points, respectively.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT in the UCCU Center. The contest will also be broadcast on ESPN+, which is available at ESPNplus.com. Or, you can listen to it on ESPN 960AM radio with the voice of the Wolverines, Jim McCulloch. 

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