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Tillema tops 1,000 mark as Pointers ease by Saint John's

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Tyler Tillema (Randolph, WI/Randolph) scored a team-high 22 points and surpassed the 1,000 career points mark as the top-ranked UW-Stevens Point men's basketball team moved to 7-0 with a 71-51 victory over Saint John's on Saturday at Sexton Arena.

Tillema entered the game 13 points shy of the 1,000 plateau and reached the milestone at the 8:05 mark of the opening half with a three-point play. The and-one capped a 13-point first half for Tillema, as the Pointers (7-0, 2-0 WIAC) took a 38-16 lead into halftime. Tillema is the 31st player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career points.

UW-Stevens Point led 16-10 at the 10:21 mark of the opening half and closed the half on a 22-6 run. UWSP shot 60.9 percent (14-for-23) in the first half and scored the first 12 points of the game, as Saint John's (3-5, 1-2 MIAC) did not get on the board until over five minutes into the game
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The Pointers forced 15 SJU turnovers in the first half, including 10 steals, and turned them into 22 points. UWSP also outscored the Johnnies 16-6 in the paint before the half-time break.

In the second half, UW-Stevens Point led by as many as 26 at 46-20 with 17:09 remaining. Stephen Pelkofer (Hales Corner, WI/Whitnall) scored 11 of his season-high 13 points in the second half and made all six of his shots from the field.

The closest Saint John's got in the second half was 17 on a couple occasions but could not get any closer playing without its top two scorers. Alex Schmitt led the Johnnies with a career-high 22 points on 6-for-10 shooting, including 4-for-7 from behind the arc.

UWSP shot 52.8 percent from the field in the game but shot 3-for-14 (21.4 percent) from three-point range. The Pointers outrebounded the Johnnies 32-24, led by Sean McGann (Baraboo, WI/Baraboo)'s season-high six boards.

Defensively, UW-Stevens Point limited Saint John's to 40.5 percent shooting from the floor, including 29.4 percent on three-pointers. The Johnnies bench outscored the Pointers' 33-25 in the game.

UWSP hosts No. 12 St. Thomas this coming Saturday before traveling to Las Vegas over the break. The game between the Pointers and Tommies begins at 7 p.m. at Bennett Court at Quandt Fieldhouse.

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