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No. 6 seed Superior upsets No. 3 Whitewater

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Gazette staff
February 23, 2011
— UW-Whitewater’s journey in the WIAC men’s basketball tournament was cut short with a 78-72 first-round upset loss to visiting No. 6 seed UW-Superior on Tuesday.

Superior (15-11) advances to face top seed UW-Stevens Point in a Thursday semifinal. The defeat may have dealt Whitewater (17-9, 10-6 WIAC) a serious blow to its hopes of receiving a Division III NCAA tournament bid.


Only last Saturday, the Warhawks defeated the Yellow Jackets, 79-63, to conclude the WIAC regular season and earn the tournament’s No. 3 seed.


Warhawks coach Pat Miller didn’t expect to see the same team last night.


“I fully expected (Superior) to play well,” Miller said. “Saturday’s (game) was not a meaningful game for them. They had the No. 6 seed, and we knew they’d give us a better shot.”


Superior finished with five players in double figures.


Jake Smith, Superior’s all-time leading scorer, finished with 18 points. Dan Kuly and Greg Roeder added 15 points each, Marcus Helland scored 11 points and Dustin Ritchie chipped in 10 points, including making three of five three-pointers.


Chris Davis scored a game-high 21 points for Whitewater, and Alex Edmunds added 18 points.


“They shot the ball well,” Miller said of Superior, which made 10 of 19 three-pointers, including 6 of 9 in the first half. “Ritchie, who is a non-shooter, made 3 of 5 three-pointers.’’


The Warhawks made a late run for the lead, but Superior held on.


Antone Byrd sank a three-point basket to cut Whitewater’s deficit to 74-72 with 35 seconds remaining. Smith sank a pair of free throws to put Superior ahead, 76-72.


The Warhawks committed a turnover and Helland sank two free throws for the final margin. The Yellow Jackets made five of six free throws in the final 48 seconds.


Whitewater trailed 34-33 at the half, but Superior went on a 9-0 run in the second half for a 47-38 lead. Superior built the lead to 53-42.


“I’m disappointed that (Superior) came out and played with more intensity than we did,” Miller said.


SUPERIOR 78, WHITEWATER 72

Superior (78)—Aalfs, 0-1 0-0 0; Corry, 2-2 0-0 4; Kuly, 5-8 2-2 15; Davis, 0-4 1-2 1; Bauer, 2-2 0-0 4; Ritchie, 3-7 1-2 10; Smith, 7-13 2-2 18; Helland, 3-6 3-4 11; Roeder, 6-8 3-4 15. Totals: 28-51 12-16 78.


Whitewater (72)—Dantzler, 0-3 4-4 4; Odegaard, 1-2 0-0 3; Negri, 2-6 0-0 6; Knoble, 5-6 0-0 11; Davis, 8-15 5-5 21; Byrd, 3-7 2-2 9; Edmunds, 7-10 1-1 18. Totals: 26-49 12-12 72.


UW-Superior 34 44—78


UW-Whitewater 33 39—72


Three-point goals—Superior 10-19 (Kuly 3-5, Davis 0-1, Ritchie 3-5, Smith 2-4, Helland 2-4). Whitewater 8-23 (Dantzler 0-2, Odegaard 1-2. Negri 2-6, Knoble 1-2. Davis 0-4, Byrd 2-2, Edmunds 1-1). Rebounds—Superior 27 (Smith 6) Whitewater 23 (Davis 5). Assists—Superior 14 (Smith 5) Whitewater 13 (Merg 2). Total fouls—Superior 15, Whitewater 18. Fouled out—Davis.



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