BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Ben Aird and Zach Nelson combined to score 48 points and grab 24 rebounds as Utah Valley earned its first road win of the season, 82-74, over Cal State-Bakersfield Saturday, the inaugural Western Athletic Conference game for both schools.
The Wolverines and Roadrunners both joined the WAC officially on July 1, 2013.
Aird led Utah Valley (7-7) with 26 points and 13 boards. Nelson scored 22 points and nabbed 11 boards. The pair combined for more rebounds (24) than Bakersfield had as a team (23). Holton Hunsaker and Mitch Bruneel added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The game was the first conference game at home for CSU-Bakersfield (7-8) since March 3, 2007 as a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association in its first season as a Division I school.