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.
Isiah Grayson and Stefon Johnson each scored 15 points to lead the Roadrunners, with Aly Ahmed adding another 14 points.
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.