Playing on the road isn’t easy in college basketball, but in its final road game of the season, Utah Valley held on for a 69-62 victory over North Carolina Central University.
"I knew NC Central would come back and play with energy," Utah Valley head coach Dick Hunsaker said. "Coach (Henry) Dickerson has done a tremendous job keeping his team enthusiastic throughout the season. I thought we played well at the end of a difficult road trip. It was good to see Jordan Brady and Richard Troyer get a win in their final road game."
Utah Valley finished 5-11 on the road and was 7-3 at home before facing winless New Jersey Institute of Technology in the McKay Center over the weekend.
The Wolverines were led by Ryan Toolson, who scored 31 points while hitting on all 15 of his foul shots. Brady added a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds while Troyer scored 12 for the Wolverines.
Charles Futrell led NC Central with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Brady and Troyer will be honored on Senior Night when Utah Valley finishes its season against Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday.
In the first meeting this season between Utah Valley and CSU Bakersfield, the Wolverines came from down at halftime to beat the Roadrunners 85-74.
The win was the first of a six-game win streak for the Wolverines. Toolson led the team with 32 points while three other players scored in double figures in the game. Brady scored 13, and Troyer and Josh Olsen scored 11 apiece.
With wins against NJIT and CSU Bakersfield, Utah Valley will finish the season having won nine of its final 10 games.
Utah Valley’s final game is Saturday at 7 p.m.