Utah Valley advances in WAC Tournament after blowout win over Chicago State

SALT LAKE CITY –The Utah Valley Wolverines advance to the next round of the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas after a 69-47 victory over Chicago State.

It was a great second half performance that saw Utah Valley come through after a big win over Chicago State.

Fardaws Aimaq put in another strong performance, finishing with 20 points and six rebounds on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 from downtown. Blaze Nield added 12 points and six assists.

Great second half lifts Utah Valley past Chicago State in WAC Tournament

Fardaws Aimaq was on fire to start the game, scoring the first 10 points for Wolverines before Connor Harding hit a three-pointer. The Wolverines were putting points on the board, while limiting Chicago State. The Cougars managed just one of 12 games in five minutes and didn’t score a field goal for more than three minutes.

UVU had an 18-12 lead midway through the first half. Trey Woodbury made his first appearance of the season after missing the regular season with a knee injury. After holding a 26-19 lead, Chicago State led an 8-0 run in just over two minutes to take the lead with less than four minutes until halftime.

Utah Valley finished the first half on a 6-0 run, while Chicago State was scoreless in the final 3:06. UVU led 32-29, led by Fardaws Aimaq with 14 points and five rebounds. Blaze Nield added six points, while Justin Harmon and Connor Harding each dropped five points.

Jahsean Corbett scored 13 points to lead Chicago State. Utah Valley shot 48% from the field. Chicago State made 33% of its field goal attempts.

It was a strong start to the second half for Utah Valley with a 12-0 run in three minutes. Brandon Betson received a technical foul and it started the run for the Wolverines. They held a 46-32 lead in the first media timeout of the second half.

Minutes later, the run was extended to 18-3 over seven minutes and it was a 20-point lead for Wolverines. Utah Valley picked up the win after beating Chicago State 37-18 in the second half.

Utah Valley will advance to the next round of the WAC tournament. They will face 6-seeded Abilene Christian on Wednesday, March 9 at Orleans Arena. Tip is at 9:30 p.m. MT on ESPN+.

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