NCAA Basketball

Utah Valley beats Hartford 72-65 at MGM Resorts Main Event

LAS VEGAS (AP) Conner Toolson had 23 points and seven rebounds, helping Utah Valley beat Hartford 72-65 on Monday in the middleweight bracket of the MGM Resorts Main Event.

Jake Toolson added 12 points, TJ Washington had 11 and Baylee Steele 10 for Utah Valley (2-3), which advances to the championship game on Wednesday.

Utah Valley scored 12 of the first 14 points, led by as many as 14 points in the first half and it was 35-27 at the break. The Wolverines opened the second half on a 10-0 run for an 18-point lead, but Hartford cut it to 45-39 after a 12-0 run. Hartford got as close as 60-56 with 5:28 remaining, but Steele and Conner Toolson made baskets on back-to-back possessions.

J.R. Lynch made five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 25 points and John Carroll had nine points and nine rebounds for Hartford (1-4). George Blagojevic scored 14 points.

Updated November 19, 2018

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