UWSP Men's Basketball Upperclassmen Plentiful on WIAC Awards List

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MADISON, Wis. -- The UW-Stevens Point men's basketball team was well represented among the league awards announced by the conference office today (Feb. 26). Junior Ethan Bublitz (Jackson, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) and senior Nate Dodge (East Troy, Wis./East Troy) landed on the All-WIAC first team. Seniors Drew Fredrickson (Mount Horeb, Wis./Mount Horeb) and Canon O'Heron (Bangor, Wis./Bangor) were honorable mention selections. Fellow senior Brett Tauber (Madison, Wis./Memorial) was named to his second-straight WIAC All-Defense Team and he was awarded the Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete award. Senior Mark Nelson (Madison, Wis./Monona Grove) picked up All-Sportsmanship Team recognition.

Bublitz snagged his second career All-WIAC honor following a selection in 2017. He led the Pointers in scoring in three of the final four games of the year. He averaged 12.5 points per game, second on the team, and his 11 blocked shots were also second on the squad. Bublitz poured in a season-high 22 points in a win at UW-Stout on Jan. 23 and scored in double figures in 19 of 26 games played.

Dodge earned his second-straight league honor after an honorable mention nod a season ago. This year, Dodge led the Pointers in scoring at 15.7 points per game. He also led UWSP with 76 made three-pointers and 42 steals. Dodge became just the third player in school history with multiple 40-point games when he put 40 on Augustana on Nov. 28. He was named the WIAC Athlete of the Week following that performance. In just two seasons with the Pointers, Dodge made 153 three-pointers, the sixth-most in program history for a career.

Fredrickson picked up his first league award after a phenomenal senior season. He led the Pointers with 72 assists. He made 39 of his 43 free throws on the year for a .907 percentage, second-best among Pointers with 25 or more attempts. He averaged 10.0 points per game, including 16 games scoring in double figures. He scored a season-high 20 points in the home win over UW-Whitewater to open conference play.

O'Heron landed his second-straight conference honor after a first-team accolade last season. He averaged 12.1 points per game in 2018-19, third-best on the team. He led UWSP with 133 rebounds and 12 blocks on the year. He scored a season-high 23 points at Hope on Dec. 8 and again at UW-Eau Claire on Jan. 12. He recorded his first career double-double with the 23 points and 10 rebounds at UWEC.

Tauber became just the second player in UWSP to repeat as an All-Defense team selection (Austin Ryf - 2013, 2014 and 2015). Tauber helped the Pointers to the nation's second-best scoring defense on the season (60.4 points per game allowed). He was third on the team with 114 rebounds and led UWSP with 41 on the offensive glass.
Nelson was an honorable mention pick last season, but was limited to just six game this year. He played in the first five games of the season before an injury sidelined him for the majority of the season. He returned to the court on Senior Night and made a free throw late in the win over UW-Stout.

The Pointers ended the season with a 18-9 record and reached the WIAC Championship game for the second-straight season. UWSP's team free-throw percentage of .779 and +3.63 turnover margin were the best in the WIAC this season.