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Warhawks win in overtime

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Gazette staff
Saturday, March 7, 2009

UW-Whitewater had to scramble, but avoided disaster and squeezed out an 81-79 overtime victory over Elmhurst College in an NCAA Division III men’s basketball regional semifinal here Saturday.


The Warhawks (22-5) will play defending Division III national champion Washington University of St. Louis (24-2) here at 7 tonight. Washington defeated Lawrence University, 67-65.


Warhawk coach Pat Miller said his team made the stops and big shots when they were needed.


“We hit two key shots, one in regulation, and one in the overtime,” Miller said. “One of our weaknesses had been not making the big stops, but we made those stops tonight.’’


The Warhawks’ Matt Goodwin tied the game at 74-74, his only basket, with 32 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime. The Warhawks squandered an 11-point, 53-42, lead at 17:12.


In the overtime, Tyson Kingsby made two free throws at 1:34 to put Whitewater ahead, 80-79, for good. Kingsby made 1 of 2 free throws at 1:14 for the final outcome.


Elmhurst’s Ryan Burks missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer to end the game.


Whitewater’s Myles McKay, the WIAC’s leading scorer, dropped in 25 of his game-high 30 points in the first half.


“They changed defenses on him in the second half, with some zone and little box-and-one,” Miller said. “But he had some shots and missed.


“The weakness with (McKay) is he has a tendency to get quick,” Miller added. “He got impatient and he just missed some shots.’’


Dustin Mitchell added 15 points and Chris Vines chipped in 11 for the Warhawks.


Now Miller and the Warhawks must turn their attention to the defending national champions.


“They are a great team,” Miller said. “They have some great shooters and ridiculous turnover ratio of 206 to 70.’’


Washington was in a tight battle with Lawrence, but Miller said its experience showed.


“They were on the ropes several times, but you could see their experience,” Miller said. “They didn’t panic. They are going to be a tremendous challenge.’’


WHITEWATER 81, ELMHURST 79 (OT)


UW-Whitewater (81)—Goodwin, 1-6 1-2 3; Kingsby, 1-6 6-8 8; McKay, 12-23 3-4 30; Vernon, 4-6 0-1 8; Kolinske, 2-4 0-0 4; Negri, 0-1 2-2 2; Mitchell, 6-10 3-3 15; Vines, 5-7 0-0 11. Totals: 31-63 15-20 81.


Elmhurst (79)—Bainter, 2-4 0-1 4; Burks, 6-16 9-9 22; Boyd, 4-5 2-2 10; Ruch, 9-15 5-6 23; Strzemp, 1-5 0-0 2; Bernier, 1-4 0-0 3; Childs, 4-7 0-0 11; Acosta, 1-1 0-0 2; Hintzche, 0-1 2-3 2. Totals: 28-48 18-21 79.


UW-Whitewater 46 28 7—81


Elmhurst College 38 36 5—79


Three-point goals—Whitewater 4-15 (Goodwin 0-2, Kingsby 0-1, McKay 3-7, Kolinske 0-1, Mitchell 0-2, Vines 1-1). Elmhurst 5-20 (Bainter 0-1, Burks 1-8. Ruch 0-1, Strzemp 0-2, Bernier 1-4, Childs 3-4). Total fouls—Whitewater 20, Elmhurst 17.


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