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RIO GRANDE VALLEY – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Vaqueros men’s basketball team won its fourth-straight game by defeating the Utah Valley University Wolverines 80-72 on Thursday at the UTRGV Fieldhouse in front of a crowd of 2,218.
Senior Lesley Varner II led the Vaqueros (10-14, 6-5 WAC) by posting his second double-double with 11 points, a career-high 14 rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Junior Javon Levi scored a team-high 17 points with four assists. Graduate student Jordan Jackson scored 12 points with four rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Freshman Quinton Johnson II finished with 11 points and three rebounds.
Isaiah White led the Wolverines (9-16, 3-7 WAC) with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Averette and Casdon Jardine each scored 13 points.
The Wolverines led 18-13 midway through the first half. That’s when a pair of jumpers by junior Chris Freeman sparked the Vaqueros to score 12-straight points as part of a 20-4 run to take a 33-22 lead.
The Wolverines stayed close over the first 10 minutes of the second half, pulling to within 52-45. A Johnson jumper and a Jackson three-point play kicked off a 14-4 run to give the Vaqueros their largest lead of the game at 66-49.
UTRGV hosts Seattle U for homecoming on Saturday at 7 p.m. UTRGV, UTPA, and UTB alumni and accompanying guests can receive $5 general admission tickets or $9 combos, which include a ticket, hot dog and drink, with a valid email. For more information, contact UTRGV Alumni Relations at (956) 665-2500 or [email protected]. There will be a homecoming tailgate party in the fieldhouse parking lot starting at 5. If UTRGV wins, fans can take home a buy one, get one free Raising Cane’s box combo coupon. Current UTRGV students get free general admission with a valid UTRGV student ID. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at UTRGVTickets.com. Fans purchasing their tickets online prior to game day can save up to $2 per ticket. The party starts at Vaquero Village at 5:30.