Luguentz Dort scored 33 points to lead four Sun Devils in double figures, and Arizona State (5-0) handed Utah State its first loss of the season, 87-82, on Wednesday in the MGM Main Event championship in Las Vegas.
Dort, a 6-foot-4 freshman, made 10 of 15 shots from the field, including 2 of 3 3-pointers, and was 11 of 14 from the foul line. He also added seven rebounds and four assists.
Sam Merrill led the Aggies (5-1) with 27 points and five rebounds. Also in double figures for Utah State were Dwayne Brown Jr. (14 points), John Knight III (13) and Brock Miller (10).
Utah Valley 87, Long Beach State 72 • In Las Vegas, Jake Toolson scored 20 points, Conner Toolson added 15 and Utah Valley led throughout the second half to defeat Long Beach State in the consolation final of the MGM Main Event’s Middleweight bracket.
Long Beach State, led by Deishuan Booker’s 29 points, came as close as 57-51 with about nine minutes remaining. But the Wolverines (3-3) slammed the brakes on the rally, as Conner Toolson and Ben Nakwaasah drained back-to-back 3-pointers around a Long Beach State turnover, to start a 13-2 run.
Conner Toolson, Isaiah White and Nakwaasah each had three from distance and Jake Toolson two as Utah Valley made 11 3s. The Wolverines shot 58 percent overall, 29 of 50, dominated the boards 41-21 and had seven steals.
Baylee Steele added 14 points and 10 rebounds, his second career double-double, for Utah Valley.
Long Beach State (2-4) harried Utah Valley into 21 turnovers, but only turned them into 12 points.
Utah 95, Eastern Washington 51 • In Cheney, Wash., the Utes routed the Eagles to improve to 5-0 on the season.
It was a balanced, team win with 10 players scoring points. Utah was 38 of 60 from the floor, with 25 of the made baskets coming off assists.
With a strong offense, the Utes were also able to control the game on defense, forcing 19 turnovers and scoring 29 points off turnovers. The Utes were led in scoring by Megan Huff and Dre’Una Edwards, who both scored 19 points. Huff added 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.
“I thought it was a good bounce-back game,” coach Lynne Roberts said. “We won on Monday, but we didn’t play well on either side of the ball. So, I really wanted us to play better and we talked about creating shots for one another instead of creating shots for ourselves and I thought we did that.”
Daneesha Provo chipped in 14 points, shooting incredibly efficiently from the floor while going 7 for 9 from the floor. Erika Bean rounded out Utah’s double-digit scorers with a season-high 14 points, adding seven rebounds and six assists.