STEVENS POINT - The UW-Stevens Point (14-1, 5-1 WIAC) men's basketball team used superb shooting and stifling defense to easily defeat the UW-Platteville Pioneers 74-53 at the Quandt Fieldhouse on Bennett Court Wednesday evening.
After a slow start, the Pointers went on a 21-0 run from 9:29 until 1:52 left in the first half to go up 40-17 at the break and give the Pioneers no chance of a comeback. Stevens Point held Platteville to just 27 percent shooting in the first half while the Pointers shot 63 percent.
The Pioneers defense stepped up in the second half and made it an even battle, coming within 16 points with just over two minutes remaining in the game, but the Pointers stepped up with a 7-2 run to close out the game, sealing the victory.
Jared Jenkins (Milwaukee) led all scorers with 20 points and added five rebounds and three assists. Louis Hurd (Portage) added 15 points and led the Pointers with eight rebounds. Scott Hoelzel (Kaukauna) chipped in with nine points and a team-high four assists.
Curt Hanson and Shane Kieler each had 17 points for the Pioneers. Rob Stallion led Platteville with five rebounds.
The Pointers hit the road for a game at UW-Superior on Saturday, January 16, scheduled for a 5 p.m. tip-off.
PLATTEVILLE-An almost perfect shooting performance by Britta Petersen (Luck) led the UW-Stevens Point (12-3, 4-2 WIAC) women's basketball team over the UW-Platteville Pioneers 66-45 at Bo Ryan Court Wednesday evening.
Petersen finished the game 9 of 10 shooting to lead all scorers with 18 points. The Pointers never trailed in the contest and ended the first half up 38-9. Stevens Point shot 52 percent for the game while holding Platteville to just over 29 percent for the evening.
The Pointers kept the pressure on in the second half going up by as many as 41 with 5:52 remaining. But the Pioneers forced several turnovers in the game's final minutes to close out the game on a 22-4 run.
Ashley Averkamp (New Berlin) added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Pointers and Andrea Flease (New London) contributed with five assists.
Charity Stotmeister led the Pioneers with 17 points.
The Pointers return to action when they travel to UW-Superior on Saturday, January 16 with tip-off scheduled for 3 p.m., in the final leg of a 1,050 mile road trip for the week.