UVSC's Toolson and Hunsaker earn post season honors

UVSC's Toolson and Hunsaker earn post season honors



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Orem, UT- Finishing the 2006-07 season with a 22-7 record and 12-1 mark against fellow Division I Independents has earned Utah Valley State coach Dick Hunsaker and sophomore guard Ryan Toolson post season recognition. Toolson was named Collegeinsider.com Independent MVP and Hunsaker was named Collegeinsider.com Independent Coach of the Year.

Toolson led Utah Valley in scoring at 15.5 points a game. He led the nation in free throw shooting at 97 percent, hitting on 96 of 99 attempts. The 97 percent is also the second best in mark in NCAA history. He had streaks where he hit 43 and 44 consecutive free throws.

The Wolverine guard had nine games where he scored 20 points or more and he scored in double figures in 23 of 29 games. Toolson shot 49 percent from the field and 44 percent from the 3-point line. He scored a career high 28 points in a home win over New Jersey Institute of Technology. In that game he was 8 of 10 from the field and 6 of 7 from the 3-point line.

"Ryan had a tremendous season and the recognition is very deserving," Hunsaker said.

Hunsaker boasts a 104-43 record in five seasons at Utah Valley. This year he helped guide the Wolverines to the best finish by an Independent school since Notre Dame finished 23-6 in 1985-86. Hunsaker picked up win 100 when his team beat North Dakota State 66-64 on February 15.

"Any coaching award is a tribute to your staff and players," Hunsaker said.

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