OREM Saturday's game between Utah Valley and Chicago State featured two of the nation's top scorers, David Holston and Ryan Toolson, and the McKay Events Center crowd got to see plenty of them both in the Wolverines' 99-89 overtime shootout win.
Toolson was spectacular throughout the second half and overtime, finishing with a school-record-tying 38 points.
"It's a career night at home in front of a lot of fans. It will be something to remember," Toolson said. "Especially against a team that beat us down there. So it's good to get the revenge also."
The Wolverines trailed by six midway through the first half before taking off on a fast-break-fueled 22-4 run. The onslaught appeared to leave Utah Valley firmly in control at 37-25.
"I have to give the game ball to Kevin Woods," Utah Valley head coach Dick Hunsaker said. "He is a freshman, playing against his home state and he did a terrific job in this game. He gave us a real spark in the first half."
Utah Valley led 47-32 at the break. But the second half was a different story. The Cougars' full-court pressure led to several Wolverine turnovers, as Chicago State ran and shot its way back in the game.
Within eight minutes, the 15-point lead completely evaporated when Holston hit a deep 3-pointer to put Chicago State ahead 56-55. Down the stretch, both Toolson and Holston hit big 3-point shots to spark their teams. None was bigger than the one Toolson hit from NBA range to tie the game at 82-82 and essentially force overtime.
"Toolson was sensational," Hunsaker said. "He made those huge threes at the end of regulation and 38 (points) is going to be a warm-up. There is going to be big amounts up there."
In overtime Richard Troyer put back a Toolson miss with a two-handed slam that brought the crowd out of their seats. Then on the other side of the court Toolson picked his man's pocket and finished the fast break with another dunk to extend the lead to 92-86.
Toolson finished by hitting free throws and in the closing moments he once again broke away for a one-handed slam.
Troyer aided Toolson by scoring 17 points and pulling down 14 rebounds, and teammate Jordan Brady also scored 18.
Holston led the Cougars with 22 points and seven assists.
After the game Hunsaker was adamant about how big of a win this was for his program."(Chicago State) has played 17 road games; they are a good basketball team," Hunsaker said. "They are a very good team, they are well coached and they play tough."
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