OREM Ryan Toolson put up a career-high 35 points to help Utah Valley State beat Southern Utah 91-88 in double overtime last Saturday that also snapped the Wolverines' five-game losing streak.
Toolson hit a 3-pointer with UVSC (4-6) down by 68-65 in the final seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime. He also helped the Wolverines come back from a four-point deficit late in the first overtime period by hitting a jumper to tie the game at 80.
The comeback victory was the staple of how UVSC played. The Wolverines were down by 11 with just over six minutes left in the second half before rallying.
Jordan Brady scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Josh Olsen had 13 points as both gave Toolson much-needed support.UVSC shot an even 50 percent from the field in its best shooting performance in some time.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The UVSC women also snapped a losing streak of their own in getting a 91-87 win over Portland that ended a two-game winless run.
Running with Portland the entire game, the Wolverines finally took control in the final minute after an intentional foul on Sandy Marvin sent her to the line where she sunk both free throws and also gave UVSC possession.
From there, it was a foul-shooting contest that UVSC had no trouble closing the game.
Robyn Fairbanks scored 28 points and made 9-of-13 of her free throws. Marvin broke out of her recent funk in which she was held scoreless against BYU in UVSC's previous game by scoring 22 points.
Rounding out the Wolverines who scored in the double-digits was Julie McMurray's 15 points and Asumi Nakayama's 12 points.
Nakayama's two straight 3-pointers in the final few minutes helped give UVSC the lead.UVSC also shot 54.8 percent of the field to overcome recent shooting struggles.
WRESTLING: UVSC lost to UC Davis 21-15 in a dual meet on the road last Saturday.
The Wolverines led 15-12 with freshman Flint Ray having an opportunity to clinch the win in the 133-pound class. But against UC Davis senior Francisco Manriquez, he let Manriquez get escape and takedown points, and then Ray was pinned.
Ben Kjar continued his great season by notching another win in the 125-pound class. He came back from an 0-1 score to earn two takedowns and riding time for the victory for the 4-3 victory.Other Wolverines earning wins included seniors Sam Allen (149-pounds) and Marc Fenwick (174), and freshman Zach Williams (197).
MEN'S BASKETBALL: vs. Furman or Northern Arizona at the Gossner Foods Classic in Logan on Friday.