STEVENS POINT, Wis. -The No. 1-ranked UW-Stevens Point men's basketball team used a 13-0 run midway through the second half to pull away from the visiting Pioneers of UW-Platteville and cruise to a 74-59 victory Wednesday evening at Bennett Court.
Coming off their first loss of the season a week before, the Pointers led wire-to-wire, jumping in front 19-9 midway through the opening half and held an eight point edge, 37-29, at the break. UWSP did much of their damage in the paint, holding a 20-8 edge down low in the opening stanza.
In the second half, Platteville slowly chipped away at the UWSP lead and with 14:40 left cut their deficit to five, 43-38. But a pair of free-throws by Austin Ryf and a steal and three-pointer by Trevor Hassquickly put the Pointers back in front by double digits, 48-38.
After a Platteville three-pointer by Boston Johnson again cut the Pointers lead to single digits, 53-45, Hass and Tyler Tillema scored 13 unanswered points to give the Pointers a 21-point advantage, 66-45.
From there the Pointers maintained their double-digit advantage and cruised to the 15-point victory, 74-59.
Hass led all scorers with 23, going 7-of-12 on the evening including 5-of-9 from beyond the three-point arc. Tillema chipped in with 17 and Clayton Heuer finished with 11.
Jim Stocki led three Pioneers who finished in double figures, scoring 15.
The Pointers (21-1, 12-1 WIAC) return to action on Saturday, Feb. 15 with a 7 p.m. road contest against UW-River Falls.
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