It was another great weekend of WAC Hoops that saw a rivalry renewed, a back and forth series between teams getting their footing back, and an exciting non-conference matchup. Let’s look at what happened this past weekend.
Dixie State at Utah Valley
GM 1: UVU wins 87-72
GM 2: Dixie State wins 93-89
The renewal of the Old Hammer Rivalry did not disappoint. Two high scoring games, particularly Saturday that saw a great back and forth game that went to the wire. It was a weekend that UVU and Dixie State fans can both take positives from. Fardaws Aimaq led the way for the Wolverines with a pair of double-doubles. On Saturday, Aimaq had 18 points, and set the program record for rebounds in a game with 25. Aimaq’s play earned him WAC Player of the Week honors.
Offensively, Dixie State struggled on Friday. However, Hunter Schofield and the Trailblazers put on an absolute scoring clinic in Saturday’s win. Schofield had a career-high 31 points and Dixie State shot nearly 52 percent in the win.
Dixie State moves to 7-10 overall and 3-7 in WAC play in their first Division I season. The Wolverines fell to 7-8 overall and 5-2 in WAC play.
New Mexico State at Seattle U
GM 1: Seattle U wins 83-72
GM 2: NMSU wins 65-58
New Mexico State and Seattle U have both been hit by COVID pauses recently. But, in game one on Friday night, the rust really wasn’t to be found. Darrion Trammell had 22 points and four other Redhawks scored in double figures as Seattle beat New Mexico State 83-72.
On Saturday night, New Mexico State put the defensive clamps on, holding Seattle to just 34 percent shooting in a 65-58 win to split the series.
Darrion Trammell put up solid numbers yet again for Seattle U, averaging 19 points a game across the series to lead the Redhawks. New Mexico State saw Donnie Tillman and Jarbari Rice lead the way on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Tillman had 16 points on Friday and Rice led the Aggies with 19 on Saturday.
The Aggies are now 5-5 on the year, with a 2-4 record in WAC play. The Redhawks meanwhile see themselves at 9-8 on the year, with a 2-3 WAC record.
Sacramento State at California Baptist
GM 1: CBU wins 83-71
GM 2: Sacramento State wins 70-69
The Lancers of California Baptist hosted Sacramento State this past weekend in a non-conference, back-to-back series to get more game time for their players. It saw a series split where Cal Baptist controlled play well on Saturday and then the Hornets hit last minute 3-pointer to win in a wild ending on Sunday. Fun and entertaining series that saw both teams get good reps that will help at they each get back into conference play.
The Lancers saw Reed Nottage and Ty Rowell have yet another good series, Rowell averaged 16 points and Nottage averaged 18.5 points against the Hornets. The Lancers are now 10-7 on the year and look to this upcoming weekend when they take on WAC frontrunners Grand Canyon in Phoenix.