MENOMONIE, Wis. – The UW-Stevens Point men's basketball secured at least a share of its 27th Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) title and the No. 1 seed for the upcoming conference tournament in dramatic fashion, needing overtime to defeat UW-Stout 76-74 on Wednesday evening.
"It took a courageous effort tonight to grab a share of the conference title," said head coach Bob Semling. "We are now focusing on returning home Saturday and winning an outright title in front of the Pointer faithful."
After a huge defensive stand by UWSP at the end of regulation to force overtime, it was back-and-forth between the squads in a closely contested extra stanza, before Hass made a free-throw line jumper with 17 seconds remaining that would prove to be the game-winning basket for the visiting Pointers.
In the game's final possession, UW-Stout went for the win on a 3-point attempt with seconds remaining, and after snaring the offensive rebound launched another unsuccessful triple try just as time expired.
Four Pointers scored in double figures, led by Ritchay with 23 points. Hass added 18 points while Clayton Heuer (Wisconsin Rapids, WI/Lincoln/UW-Green Bay) and Richard scored 14 and 10, respectively. Chris Hortman led the Blue Devils (18-6, 10-5 WIAC) with 29 points.
The win guarantees UWSP a bye into the conference tournament semi-finals, with the Pointers hosting a 7 p.m. game on Thursday, February 21 against an opponent to be determined.
The team next hosts UW-Eau Claire Saturday, Feb. 16 for Senior Day. The regular season finale is set to tipoff at 3 p.m.
STEVENS POINT, Wis - The UW-Stevens Point women's basketball team held the Blue Devils of UW-Stout to just 28 percent shooting Wednesday evening as the Pointers rolled to a 78-51 victory.
The Pointers shot 53 percent from the field in the first half to take a 42-27 lead into the break. In the half, UWSP led by as many as 20 points, coming when Sam Barber (Schofield, WI/D.C. Everest/Winona St.) knocked down a jumper 11 minutes in.
UWSP continued to dominate out of the break. The Pointers built their largest lead, 29 points, with a minute to play when Jessica Brito (Danville, IL/Bismarck-Henning) knocked down a three-pointer.
Eleven different Pointers tallied a basket in the contest, led by Myranda Tyler (Grafton, WI/Grafton) who posted a career-high 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
Barber also reached double figures, posting 15 points and eight rebounds. She also handed out a game-high four assists and had four steals.
Brea Boomer led the Blue Devils with 14 points.
UWSP (19-5, 11-4 WIAC) will close out the 2012-13 regular season on Saturday, Feb. 16, hosting UW-Eau Claire for Senior Day.
Courtesy: UW-Stevens Point