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Heuer's career night sends Pointers to NCAA Quarterfinals

***Press release from UW-Stevens Point

STEVENS POINT, Wis. - Senior Clayton Heuer scored 24 points and collected 12 rebounds, both career-bests, as the No. 1-ranked UW-Stevens Point men's basketball team advanced to the round of 16 in the 2014 NCAA Division III Basketball Championship Tournament with a 76-71 victory over the Dutch of Central College.

UW-Stevens Point will play Emory (GA) in the Sweet 16. Time and location are still to be determined.

The Pointers overcame a 24-of-67 (35.8 percent) shooting performance on the evening thanks in part to a season-high 19 offensive rebounds which aided in 22 second-chance points.

Trailing by two, 13-11, with 13:55 remaining in the first half, the Pointers used a 15-2 run to pull in front by 11, their largest lead of the opening half.

Central responded with a 16-4 run to tie the game at 31 with 3:51 to go, but Tyler Tillema, Steven Pelkofer and Trevor Hass kept the Pointers in front at the break, 40-36.

In front by eight, 52-44 with 15:36 remaining, the Pointers went on a 14-4 run to build their largest lead of the night, 63-48.

Central responded with a 16-3 run of their own to cut the UWSP lead to just two, 66-64, with just over six minutes remaining.

Hass and Ritchay responded with big three-point baskets and clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch kept the Pointers in front for the five-point victory, 76-71.

All five starters scored in double figures for the Pointers, who shot 30 three-pointers, the most in a game since a Nov. 2008 victory over Southwester University.

Hass chipped in 15 points while Ritchay added 11. Tillema and Austin Ryf each tallied 10. Pelkofer added six points off the bench in the win.

Matt Greenfield led the Dutch with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
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