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Pointers take down Warhawks

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Tim Wester
January 27, 2011
— You just can’t sneak a bad 40 minutes of basketball past defending Division III national champion UW-Stevens Point.

Unfortunately for UW-Whitewater, the Pointers caught the Warhawks in the act here Wednesday night.


Stevens Points opened a 20-point halftime lead and led by as many as 38 in the second half en route to a dominating 85-59 victory over arch-rival Whitewater.


Jerrel Harris led the charge with 25 points, including 15 in the second half, while Nick Krull added 10 to help the Pointers improve to 8-2 in the WIAC, two games behind front- running UW-River Falls.


Meanwhile the inexperienced Warhawks, who start four underclassmen, paid a stiff penalty for their poor performance.


“I just thought they outplayed us in every facet of the game,” Whitewater coach Pat Miller said. “I thought they were more physical and really concise with their offense.


“I think for a lot of our guys, this was the first game that had some implications and some pressure in terms of trying to get back in the conference race.”


The Pointers quickly silenced any discussion of a Warhawk conference title.


After both teams started slowly, Stevens Point finally cut loose with a 17-2 spurt to blow the game open at 27-11 with seven minutes left in the first half. The Pointers built its advantage to 40-20 behind six consecutive points from DeVon Jackson.


Whitewater never mustered a response to the Pointers and limped into the locker room without attempting a free throw.


“I just didn’t think we competed very well and played very hard,” Miller said. “I don’t think I ever coached a team that didn’t get to the free-throw in an entire half, which is a reflection of playing soft.”


Things only worsened in the second half for the Warhawks.


“I don’t think Stevens Point is any different this year than in previous years,” Warhawk guard Phil Negri said. “They’re as good as they’ve ever been offensively, and they take advantage when there are breakdowns on the defensive end.”


The Pointers certainly took full advantage of the Warhawks.


STEVENS POINT 85, WHITEWATER 59

Stevens Point (85)—T. Tillema, 3-7 2-3 9; D. Tillema, 1-4 1-2 3; Harris, 8-12 5-6 25; Hurd, 2-7 2-3 6; Krull, 4-5 2-2 10; Mauch, 1-2 2-2 4; Ritchay, 1-2 0-0 2; Pohle, 1-1 1-2 3; Giordana, 2-3 1-1 5; Jackson, 2-6 2-2 6; Abegglen, 1-1 2-2 4; Mueller, 0-1 0-0 0; Resch, 0-1 0-0 0; Brezinski, 3-3 2-2 8. Totals: 29-55 22-27 85


Whitewater (59)—Odegaard, 1-3 0-0 3; Negri, 3-6 0-0 9; Davis, 3-9 3-4 9; Byrd, 3-9 1-1 7; Edmunds, 2-6 0-0 5; Dantzler, 5-11 0-0 11; Merg, 0-4 1-2 1; Knoble, 3-4 0-0 6; Bryson, 0-2 0-1 0; Burns, 0-2 0-0 0; Kujath, 3-4 2-4 8. Totals: 23-60 7-12 59


UW-Stevens Point 40 45—85


UW-Whitewater 20 39—59


Three-point goals—Stevens Point 5-19 (T. Tillema 1-5, Harris 4-6, Hurd 0-2, Mauch 0-1, Giordana, 0-2, Mueller, 0-1). Whitewater 6-17 (Odegaard 1-1, Negri 3-5, Davis 0-1, Byrd 0-2, Edmunds 1-2, Dantzler 1-3, Knoble 0-1, Bryson 0-2) Free throws missed—Stevens Point 5, Whitewater 5. Rebounds—Stevens Point 36 (Krull 7), Whitewater 31 (Bryson 8). Assists—Stevens Point 15 (T. Tillema 5), Whitewater 13 (Negri 3, Byrd 3, Bryson 3). Total fouls—Stevens Point 15, Whitewater 19.



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