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UWSP Men's Basketball stays unbeaten at home and in conference Wednesday

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UW Stevens Point Men's Basketball, photo courtesy of UWSP Athletics Department
UW Stevens Point Men's Basketball, photo courtesy of UWSP Athletics Department
STEVENS POINT, WI  (UWSP)  -  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. Box ScoreJoe 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.

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