PROVO — For BYU forward Dalton Nixon, facing Utah Valley University is a big deal.

His sister, Bailey, plays volleyball for the Wolverines. His dad, Kevin, played basketball at UVU before transferring to BYU while his mom, Stephanie, played volleyball and basketball at the school.

“It means a lot,” Dalton Nixon said.

The Cougars and Wolverines are set to collide Friday (8 p.m., MST, BYUtv) at the Marriott Center in the Crosstown Clash.

Nixon’s ties to UVU don’t end there.

Wolverine coach Mark Pope was an assistant at BYU during Nixon’s freshman year and UVU star guard Jake Toolson was Nixon’s roommate before Toolson transferred.

“I’m really excited to play this game. I think our guys have a really good mindset, especially coming off the game that we played last year,” Nixon said. “We want to have that same intensity. I know that UVU is going to be ready to go. It’s going to be a lot of fun. We’ll see what happens on Friday. We’ll be locked in and we’ll try to just be focused on the game plan and execute.”

“I know that UVU is going to be ready to go. It’s going to be a lot of fun. ”

BYU’s Dalton Nixon

Two years ago, Utah Valley stunned BYU at the Marriott Center, 114-101, in a contest that saw the Wolverines knock down 18 3-pointers.

It marked UVU’s first win over the Cougars in three meetings all-time and it was one of the biggest victories in the program’s history.

The 114 points were the most points ever scored by a BYU opponent in the Marriott Center and the 18 triples were the most scored there by a team.

With that humbling loss in their minds, the Cougars earned a measure of revenge with an 85-58 rout of UVU at the UCCU Center a year ago.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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