The 45 points are five more than the previous UWSP record of 40, which was done on three occasions. Josh Iserloth scored 40 points in a game twice in the 2001-02 season and Hass equaled that mark on Dec. 29 against Whitman at the D3hoops.com Classic in Las Vegas.
Hass shot the ball well from all parts of the floor, shooting 13-for-17 from the field, 9-for-13 from behind the arc and 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. The nine three-pointers tied the school record for a single game.
The senior scored 28 of his 45 points in the second half, as UW-Stevens Point (18-0, 9-0 WIAC) outscored UW-La Crosse (11-7, 5-4 WIAC) 54-40 after halftime. The Pointers shot 71.4 percent (20-for-28) in the second half, including 10-for-13 from three-point range.
UWSP led 63-58 with 8:32 remaining before going on a 21-6 run to lead by 20 with 2:54 remaining. Hass scored 11 points during the run, including three three-pointers and the run was capped by a Joe Ritchay (Wisconsin Rapids, WI/Lincoln) dunk. The dunk was one of three on the afternoon for the Pointers.
UW-Stevens Point led by five, 37-32, at halftime after a first half that featured 11 ties and seven lead changes. In the second half, UWSP led 58-47 after a Hass three but UW-La Crosse scored seven-straight points to get within four before the Pointers pulled away for good.
In addition to Hass' record-setting game, Tyler Tillema (Randolph, WI/Randolph) nearly recorded a triple-double, finishing with 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Clayton Heuer (Wisconsin Rapids, WI/Lincoln/UW-Green Bay) chipped in with nine points, while Ritchay had six assists.
The Pointers shot 54.4 percent from the field, 54.2 percent from behind the arc and 88.9 percent from the charity stripe. UWSP handed out 21 assists compared to just nine turnovers.
The Eagles shot 50.8 percent from the floor and 31.8 percent (7-for-22). Calahan Skogman had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists to lead four double-figure scorers for UW-La Crosse.
UW-Stevens Point hosts UW-Eau Claire on Wednesday, January 29 at 7 p.m. The Pointers defeated the Blugolds 74-55 on Dec. 4 in their first conference game of the season.
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