OREM Generally the term road warrior means that a team is successful away from home.
For the Utah Valley State men's basketball team, road warrior means just surviving.
The Wolverines (7-13) did just that despite winning only one of five on their latest trip.
UVSC does get to return home on a winning note after beating Cal State Bakersfield 85-74 Saturday.
Four players scored in double figures for the Wolverines, including Ryan Toolson, who had a game-high 32 points. Toolson shot 8-of-14 from the field and was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line.
Jordan Brady, Josh Olsen and Richard Troyer were UVSC's other double-digit scorers.
The win comes on the heels of a 67-59 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette last Tuesday.
Toolson couldn't carry the team this time around as he shot only 1-of-12 from the field. Olsen led UVSC with 13 points, and Jordan and Brett Ravenberg added 10 points each.
With UVSC leading with five minutes left, the Ragin' Cajuns went on an 8-0 game-winning run.
Coach Dick Hunsaker isn't apologizing for his team's play this season. In fact, he's sorry that the team has had to play so many road games.
"I've been very apologetic to the team," Hunsaker said.
He said that all of the road games have been a byproduct of UVSC's recent success. Hunsaker said a lot of schools didn't want to schedule home-and-home series, so the situation made the schedule road-heavy."With 14 of 20 on the road, I'm pleased with the effort and our character," Hunsaker said.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The UVSC women have had a rare 16-day break in the middle of the season before playing at Cal State Bakersfield tonight.
"We have been able to focus ourselves, which at this time of year is a luxury," said UVSC coach Cathy Nixon.
Part of the practice routine was to settle things down after UVSC lost two in row on the road, against Denver and New Mexico State part of the team's five-game road losing streak.
"We need some confidence after being used to winning," Nixon said. "Losing two consecutive games hurts your confidence a bit."It won't be an easy task against Cal State Bakersfield a team that beat Big West co-leader Cal Poly last Thursday.
TRACK AND FIELD: Several UVSC runners performed well on Saturday at the Snake River Invitational in Pocatello, Idaho.
Mariama Salifu won the 60-meter dash and finished second in the 200-meter race.
Finishing third and fourth in the mile were Chelsea Loss and Mary Nothum. Ashley Timo placed fourth in the high jump and the long jump.
The men's side was led by Chase Englestead and Jake Buhler in the distance runs. Englestead finished third in the mile and Buhler had a third-place result in the 3,000 meters.Kiefer Collins finished fourth in the high jump in leading the UVSC men in the field events.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: vs. Johnson and Wales on Saturday at 7 p.m.; vs. Arkansas State on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: at Cal State Bakersfield tonight; vs. Chicago State on Monday at 7 p.m.
WRESTLING: vs. Colorado School of Mines and at Air Force on Saturday; vs. North Dakota State on Monday at 7 p.m.
TRACK AND FIELD: at Boise State on Saturday.
ICE HOCKEY: at Weber State Division I on Friday; vs. Montana State on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. (Peaks Ice Arena).