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Whitewater Warhawks stay in first-place tie

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Gazette staff
February 2, 2012
— UW-Whitewater played a strong second half to send host UW-La Crosse to a 72-62 defeat Wednesday in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball.

La Crosse battled Whitewater to a 33-33 tie in the first half. La Crosse was 14 of 30 from the field and 3 for 4 from the foul line. Whitewater was 12 for 24 and 7 of 8 from the line.


The Warhawks broke loose with a 10-0 run in the second half to take a 47-35 lead. La Crosse cut the lead to four points several times, but could not catch the Warhawks.


Whitewater retained a share of the WIAC lead with UW-Stevens Point. The No. 4 ranked Warhawks are 10-2 in the WIAC and 19-2 overall. La Crosse is 5-6 and 13-7.


Chris Davis scored 27 points, 16 in the first half, to lead Whitewater. Davis enjoyed a perfect 10-for-10 performance from the foul line, while grabbing 10 rebounds for a double-double. Luke Knoble added 10 points for Whitewater.


Whitewater was 24 for 27 overall from the foul line. La Crosse made 11 of 19 free throws.


The Warhawks travel to UW-Platteville for a 7 p.m. game next Wednesday.


WHITEWATER 72, LA CROSSE 62

UW-Whitewater (72)—Davis, 7-10-27; Knoble, 4-2-10; Merg, 2-4-9; Bryson, 4-1-9; Merg, 2-4-9; Bryson, 4-1-9; Young, 2-5-9; Edmunds, 3-2-8. Totals: 22-24-72


UW-La Crosse (62)—Degner, 5-6-17; Braucht, 6-2-15; Tweed, 3-0-7; Chery, 3-1-7; Tice, 1-0-3; Morrissey, 3-1-8; Coenen, 1-1-3; Ellman, 1-0-2. Totals: 23-11-62.


UW-Whitewater 33 39—72


UW-La Crosse 33 29—62


Three-point goals—Whitewater 4 (Davis 3, Merg), La Crosse 5 (Degner, Braucht, Tweed, Tice, Morrissey). Free throws missed—Whitewater 3, La Crosse 8. Rebounds—Whitewater 38 (Davis 10), La Crosse 27 (Degner 6). Total fouls—Whitewater 17, La Crosse 19.




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