Utah Valley falls to Grand Canyon for second straight season in WAC Tournament semifinals

For the second straight year, Utah Valley and Grand Canyon met in the WAC Tournament semifinals.

Like last year, the Lopes got the best of the Wolverines, beating UVU 78-74 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas late Friday night.

In a back and forth game where neither team led by more than seven points, No. 2 seed UVU found itself trying to rally in the second half. A Conner Toolson 3-pointer with 3:37 to play cut the Grand Canyon lead to 73-72, but the Lopes (20-12) used a timely layup and free throws down the stretch to win the contest.

Carlos Johnson led the Lopes with a career-high 35 points, including six 3-pointers, and he added nine rebounds and four assists.

Conner Toolson scored 16 points and had seven rebounds to pace the Wolverines (24-9).

No. 3 seed Grand Canyon moves on to the WAC championship game, where it will face New Mexico State (29-4), who beat Texas Rio Grande Valley in the other semifinal, on Saturday at 8 p.m. MT. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

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Source:: Daily times


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