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UWSP Hoops: Men Win, Women Lose Heartbreaker


STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The UW-Stevens Point men's basketball team bounced back from consecutive losses by defeating UW-Oshkosh 62-52 Wednesday night.

The Pointers jumped out to a 12-0 run early in the first half when a layup by Nate VanHandel (Appleton, WI/North) put UWSP ahead 18-5 less than seven minutes into the half.

The Titans battled back by hitting five 3-pointers in the period and cut the UWSP lead to just 28-25 with 5:13 remaining in the first half.

The Pointers went into halftime with a 34-29 lead.

UWSP regained a double-digit lead in the second half when Trevor Hass (New London, WI/New London/Augustana (SD)) connected on a three-point play to put the Pointers ahead 46-36 with 12:25 remaining.

A pair of free throws by the Titans' Cory Nickel brought Oshkosh to within 53-50 with 2:28 left in the second half, but Jordan Giordana (Kaukauna, WI/Kaukauna) connected on a trio of free throws when he
was fouled in the act of shooting from behind the arc.

Trevor Hass (New London, WI/New London/Augustana (SD)) followed with a jumper to put UWSP on top 58-50 with 1:12 remaining.

Hass shot 4-for-4 from the line in the final seconds to put the Titans out of reach.

Clayton Heuer (Wisconsin Rapids, WI/Lincoln/UW-Green Bay) led all scorers with 14 points for the Pointers and Hass followed with 12 points and seven rebounds.

Alex Richard (Spring Green, WI/River Valley) added nine points and nine rebounds in the winning effort and Sean McGann (Baraboo, WI/Baraboo) matched his career high with 10 points.

Dylan Wurtz and Nickel each scored 11 points for the Titans.

UWSP travels to Menomonie, Wis. Wednesday, Feb 13 when its tip off with UW-Stout at 7 p.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. – The UW-Stevens Point women's basketball team lost on the road to UW-Oshkosh Wednesday night in the final seconds, 56-53.

Sam Barber (Schofield, WI/D.C. Everest/Winona St.) beat the first-half buzzer to put UWSP (18-5, 10-4 WIAC) on top 31-22 entering halftime.

Oshkosh (18-4, 10-3 WIAC) reclaimed the lead less than four minutes into the second half when a jumper by Heather Conroy put the Titans ahead 34-33.

Oshkosh's lead peaked at 42-38 with 11:21 left in the second half, but Baber hit a 3-pointer with 9:15 on the clock to put the Pointers ahead 44-43.

Neither team led by more than three points for the rest of the game.

With the Pointers trailing 53-51, Myranda Tyler (Grafton, WI/Grafton) hit a game-tying layup with 26 seconds remaining.

However, Katie Kitzke connected on a 3-pointer with three seconds left to secure the win for the Titans.

Barber led all scorers with 24 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds for the Pointers.

Kitzke led the Titans in scoring with 14 points.

The Pointers return home Wednesday, Feb. 13 when they host UW-Stout for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

COURTESY UW-STEVENS POINT


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