STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The No. 7 UW-Stevens Point men's basketball team remained undefeated in conference play and at home when it beat No. 13 UW-Whitewater Wednesday night, 67-57.
Joe Ritchay (Wisconsin Rapids, WI/Lincoln) hit a three pointer early in the first half to give the Pointers (17-2, 10-0 WIAC) their largest lead of the period at 11-4, but the Warhawks (14-4, 7-3 WIAC) battled back as a 7-2 run gave Whitewater a 25-24 lead with 5:08 remaining in the half.
A layup by the Pointers' Alex Richard (Spring Green, WI/River Valley) late in the first half tied the score entering halftime, 31-31.
The Warhawks claimed a 45-42 lead with 7:40 remaining in the second half when KJ Evans hit a fast break layup, but Jordan Giordana (Kaukauna, WI/Kaukauna) connected from behind the arc to knot the game at 45.
The Pointers and Warhawks exchanged baskets on each of their next possessions and were even at 47-47 with 5:16 remaining.
The Warhawks missed from behind the arc, and on the ensuing UWSP possession Austin Ryf (Winneconne, WI/Winneconne) found Trevor Hass (New London, WI/New London/Augustana (SD)) on a backdoor cut for the easy layup to put UWSP on top 49-47 with 4:31 remaining.
The Pointers maintained the lead from that point on.
A three pointer by Hass and a jump hook from Clayton Heuer (Wisconsin Rapids, WI/Lincoln/UW-Green Bay) on the baseline put UWSP on top 56-48 with 1:44 remaining.
The Pointers shot 10-for-10 from the free throw line in the final 1:08 of regulation, including 6-for-6 shooting at the line by Ryf.
Joe Ritchay (Wisconsin Rapids, WI/Lincoln) led the Pointers in scoring with 15 points and was followed by Heuer with 13 and Hass with 10.
Darnell Harris and Evans each scored 14 points for the Warhawks.
UWSP shot 9-for-17 (52.9 percent) from behind the arc while Whitewater shot just 4-for-19 (21.1 percent).
The Pointers next host UW-Superior Saturday, Jan. 26 at 3p.m. UWSP is 8-0 at home this season.
WHITEWATER, Wis. – The UW-Stevens Point women's basketball team couldn't hold onto its eight-point halftime lead as it fell to UW-Whitewater, 65-59
After getting out to an early 2-0 lead the Pointers fell behind the Warhawks, trailing by as many as six points, until Sam Barber (Schofield, WI/D.C. Everest/Winona St.) knocked down a three pointer to put UWSP up 20-18 with five minutes left in the first half.
UWSP never trailed again in the period, taking a 28-20 lead into halftime.
The Warhawks battled their way back, using a 9-0 run to jump in front of UWSP 58-52 with 2:57 left in regulation, and ultimately sealing the victory.
Barber tallied her second double-double in as many games by scoring 19 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, both game-highs.
Liz Althoff (Darien, WI/Clinton) also reached double-figures in scoring for UWSP, chalking up 11 points.
Kaitlyn Thill led the way for the Warhawks with 14 points.
UWSP will host No. 25 UW-Superior Saturday, Jan. 26 in Berg Gym at 5 p.m.
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