Averette lifts Utah Valley over Cal State Bakersfield 72-58

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OREM (AP) — Brandon Averette made five 3-pointers and matched his season high with 20 points as Utah Valley topped Cal State Bakersfield 72-58 on Thursday night.

Jamison Overton had 12 points for Utah Valley (10-17, 4-8 Western Athletic Conference), which ended its four-game losing streak. Isaiah White added 11 points and seven rebounds. TJ Washington had 10 points and five steals.

"That loss last week at New Mexico State hurt us because the game was right there in our grasp," said Utah Valley head coach Mark Madsen. "You have to give our guys credit for bouncing back tonight.

"The key for us tonight was at the defensive end. Both Brandon (Averette) and TJ (Washington) were locked in defensively. I was proud of Emmanuel (Olojakpoke). To come out and set that single season blocks record is just amazing. That's all the guys were talking about in the locker room after the game. It's really a testament to his work ethic."

Cam Allen scored a career-high 25 points for the Roadrunners (11-16, 5-7).

De’Monte Buckingham, the Roadrunners’ second leading scorer entering the matchup at nine points per game, was held scoreless. He failed to make a shot from 3-point range (0 of 4).

The Wolverines leveled the season series against the Roadrunners with the win. Cal State Bakersfield defeated Utah Valley 58-57 on Jan. 23. Utah Valley plays Grand Canyon at home on Saturday. Cal State Bakersfield faces Seattle on the road on Saturday.


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