OREM, Utah — Akolda Manyang scored a career-high 20 points, on 9-of-11 shooting, with 11 rebounds, Kenneth Ogbe added 16 with four 3-pointers and Utah Valley never trailed in its 97-52 win over NAIA Eastern Oregon on Monday night.
Ogbe hit his fourth 3-pointer for a 66-32 second-half lead, Cory Calvert hit a 3 for a 49-point lead with 8:01 to go, and the Wolverines (3-2) cruised.
Isaac Neilson scored 15 points, Calvert and Jake Toolson added 11 apiece. Utah Valley outrebounded the Mountaineers 50-25 and outscored them 58-12 in the paint.
Ogbe’s 3-pointer to open the game sparked a 28-4 Utah Valley (2-2) run — during which he also hit back-to-back 3-pointers and a layup — and Utah Valley commanded a 57-24 halftime lead behind 14 points from the 7-foot Manyang and Ogbe’s 13 after shooting 71.9 percent from the field (23 of 32).
Max McCullough, Jordan May and Peter Hamilton scored nine apiece for Eastern Oregon (8-1).
It was the first time the teams played each other.