Warhawk men keep share of WIAC lead

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Tim Wester/Special to the Gazette
February 21, 2008
— UW-Whitewater’s men’s basketball team was desperately looking for anything that would make the Warhawks forget last Saturday’s embarrassing 76-47 loss at Stevens Point.

Myles McKay’s silky smooth left-handed jump shot more than did the trick for Whitewater.

McKay kept the Kachel Gym fans on the edge with a career-high 27 points and lifted seventh-ranked Whitewater to a crucial 66-51 victory over UW-Oshkosh here Wednesday night in a battle of league leaders.

Matt Goodwin also added 12 points to keep Whitewater (20-4, 12-3) in a first-place tie with UW-Stevens Point in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Pointers kept pace with the Warhawks by thumping La Crosse, 89-62.

The Warhawks can clinch a co-championship with a victory over UW-River Falls here Saturday. They also would gain an outright title and be assured of the No. 1 seed in the WIAC tournament if Stevens Point should lose at UW-Platteville.

“This is a big win for us because it’s a win against a ranked team,” Warhawk coach Pat Miller said. “And in terms of conference standings, we dropped them (the Titans) into second place (actually third), which puts us in good position conference championship-wise and seeding-wise for the conference tournament.”

Meanwhile Oshkosh (17-7, 11-4) not only fell a game behind Whitewater and Stevens Point, but also nearly out of contention for the top seed in the WIAC tournament

“The last time I checked, you don’t get two losses for losing here and two wins for beating Superior on Saturday,” Oshkosh coach Ted Van Dellen said. “Yeah, it was a tough loss, but if you're going to be an up-and-down yo-yo, then your teams are going to be pathetic.

“You're going to lose some, and obviously tonight when you shoot the ball 30 percent from the field, and 4-21 from three, you’re probably going to go down.”

Not being able to stop McKay didn’t help the Titans’ cause, either.

After the Titans grabbed a 17-9 lead midway through the first half, McKay ripped off 10 points and ignited a 17-0 run that put Whitewater on top 26-17 with 2:05 remaining.

“My team set me up and put me good positions to score,” McKay said. “My coach put confidence in me, and I just went along with that.”

Matt Miller's three-pointer finally stopped the bleeding for Oshkosh, but it didn’t stop Whitewater from storming into the locker room with a 26-20 halftime lead.

With the Titans poised to finally stop the outside shot in the second half, McKay took his game inside and racked up 11 more points to push Whitewater up 49-35 with 9:32 to play.

“We clearly had a situation where we could get him (McKay) to the rim, and we just ran different things to give him the ball and make plays,” coach Miller said. “And when he plays like that, he makes us look smart.”

Oshkosh, behind Dane Seckar-Anderson’s 13 second-half points, trimmed the Warhawks’ lead to 55-49 with 4:24 to play.

Whitewater immediately slammed the door on the Titans’ comeback hopes with a 12-2 run to close out the game.

Seckar-Anderson finished with a team-high 19 points, while D.J. Marsh added 12.


Oshkosh (51)—Miller 3-12 0-0 8, Marsh 3-6 4-4 12, Schrimpf 0-5 5-5 5, J. Johnson 2-12 1-2 5, SeckarAnderson 7-14 5-6 19, R. Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Miller 1-3 0-0 2, Borgardt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-53 15-17 51.

Whitewater (66)—Goodwin 5-9 1-2 12, McKay 11-19 2-2 27, Koski 1-4 2-2 4, King 1-2 1-2 3, Vernon 2-8 3-3 7, Negri 0-0 0-0 0, Mitchell 2-4 1-2 5, Kolinske 4-6 0-0 8. Totals: 26-52 10-13 66.

UW-Oshkosh 20 31—51

UW-Whitewater 26 40—66

Three-point goals—Oshkosh 4-21 (Miller 2-9, Marsh 2-3, Schrimpf 0-4, J. Johnson 0-4, R. Johnson 0-1), Whitewater 4-15 (Goodwin 1-4, McKay 3-9, Koski 0-1, Vernon 0-1). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Oshkosh 30 (SeckarAnderson 8), Whitewater 36 (McKay 8). Assists—Oshkosh 4 (Schrimpf 2), Whitewater 13 (Koski 4). Total fouls—Oshkosh 14, Whitewater 13.

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