STEVENS POINT, Wis. - Senior Clayton Heuer (Wisconsin Rapids, WI/Lincoln/UW-Green Bay) scored 24 points and collected 12 rebounds, both career-bests, as the No. 1-ranked UW-Stevens Point men's basketball team advanced to the round of 16 in the 2014 NCAA Division III Basketball Championship Tournament with a 76-71 victory over the Dutch of Central College.
UW-Stevens Point will play Emory (GA) in the Sweet 16. Time and location are still to be determined.
The Pointers overcame a 24-of-67 (35.8 percent) shooting performance on the evening thanks in part to a season-high 19 offensive rebounds which aided in 22 second-chance points.
Trailing by two, 13-11, with 13:55 remaining in the first half, the Pointers used a 15-2 run to pull in front by 11, their largest lead of the opening half.
Central responded with a 16-4 run to tie the game at 31 with 3:51 to go, but Tyler Tillema (Randolph, WI/Randolph), Steven Pelkofer and Trevor Hass (New London, WI/New London/Augustana (SD)) kept the Pointers in front at the break, 40-36.
In front by eight, 52-44 with 15:36 remaining, the Pointers went on a 14-4 run to build their largest lead of the night, 63-48.
Central responded with a 16-3 run of their own to cut the UWSP lead to just two, 66-64, with just over six minutes remaining.
Hass and Ritchay responded with big three-point baskets and clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch kept the Pointers in front for the five-point victory, 76-71.
All five starters scored in double figures for the Pointers, who shot 30 three-pointers, the most in a game since a Nov. 2008 victory over Southwester University.
Hass chipped in 15 points while Ritchay added 11. Tillema and Austin Ryf (Winneconne, WI/Winneconne) each tallied 10. Pelkofer added six points off the bench in the win.
Matt Greenfield led the Dutch with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
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