Utah Valley led nearly the entire way en route to a 114-101 upset Saturday afternoon at BYU.
The Cougars are known for pushing the tempo and playing games in the 80s and 90s, but the Wolverines beat them at their own game on Saturday. Utah Valley shot 53 percent from the field on 68 attempts and 49 percent from three. The Wolverines were led by 26 points from Isaac Nielson.
Utah Valley led 54-52 at the half and maintained a single-digit lead for much of the second half until a 10-0 run provided some distance. Jordan Poydras scored eight of his 20 in that stretch.
While the outcome is certainly a surprise, Utah Valley came into the game with a similar profile as BYU, so it was not deterred by facing a team that takes only 12.8 seconds to shoot per possession. Utah Valley came into this one having posted at least 82 points in each of its last three games, though the competition was far weaker than the Cougars.
Ultimately, this was the most points the Cougars have allowed in a regulation game since giving up 118 to Arizona in 1974.
Nick Emery led BYU with 37 points on 15-28 shooting and Eric Mika added 22 more. Mika fouled out, however, with just over four minutes to go and BYU down by 15.
The Cougars have now dropped two straight and face a solid Utah State team on Wednesday. The Aggies made their season debut in our Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings last week at No. 25.