OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Jerrick Harding made 11 of 17 from the field, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, and finished with 30 points to help Weber State beat BYU 113-103 on Saturday night.
Cody John tied his season-high with 22 points and Zach Braxton had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Weber State.
John's tipin at the buzzer made it 47-46 at the break and Weber State led the rest of the way. John made a layup, Harding hit a 3 and, after BYU's Jahshire Hardnett hit a jumper, Braxton converted a 3-point play before John made a jumper that made it 66-55 with 13:38 to play. Harding made back-to-back layups to give the Wildcats a 15-point lead with seven minutes and BYU trailed by at least six the rest of the way. Weber State hit 13 of 17 from the free-throw line in the final 1:31.
Yoeli Childs led the Cougars (4-3) with a season-high 31 points and Hardnett scored a career-best 24.
"This was not an offensive issue," BYU head coach Dave Rose said. "Defensively we were really exposed, and we are really concerned. We gave our guys a lot of confidence coming in here and believed we could do things to expose them and we did. We shot as well as we've shot and we put the ball in great places to score. Defensively we just could not get them stopped."
Weber State will face two Mountain West teams this week, playing at Fresno State on Wednesday and taking on Utah State on Saturday in the Beehive Classic in Salt Lake City.
The Cougars return to the Marriott Center on Wednesday to host in-state foe Utah State at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on BYUtv and audio broadcasts will be available on BYU Sports Network, BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM) and KSL (1160 AM/102.7 FM).
"They are really playing well," Rose said of the Aggies. "It's a team that really shares the ball well, and they beat Saint Mary's as bad as you've seen them get beat. It's going to be a tough challenge for us. We are going to have to be better."
Conner Toolson leads Utah Valley in 98-75 rout of Denver
OREM, Utah (AP) — Conner Toolson scored a season-high 26 points and Utah Valley led from the opening minute in a 98-75 win over Denver on Saturday night.
Toolson was 5 of 10 from 3-point range and the Wolverines (6-3) made 13 of 29 3-point attempts while hitting 31 of 58 overall from the field.
"I'm really excited about the 18 in a row at home, but really what I'm most excited about is that our team is just growing," said Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope. "We're never going to grow straight ahead all the time, but we are taking steps where we're just getting a little better here and a little better there and guys are starting to believe a little bit more in each other and what we're trying to do, and what really makes us win and that part is really fun so I'm happy for our guys."
Utah Valley opened the game with a 14-5 lead, had a 17-3 run in the middle of the first half and led 53-37 at the break. Joe Rosga's 3-pointer pulled the Pioneers (2-6) to 63-47 and then the Wolverines went on a 15-0 run and led by at least 23 the rest of the way.
TJ Washington had 17 points for Utah Valley. Jake Toolson added 15 points, Benjamin Nakwaasah scored 14, and Baylee Steele chipped in with 10 points and eight boards.
Ronnie Harrell Jr. scored 20, Ade Murkey added 17 points and David Nzekwesi 10 for Denver.
UVU hits the road to take on Arizona and Northern Arizona on Dec. 6 and Dec. 8, respectively.