Whitewater Hands Pioneers First Conference Loss

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WHITEWATER, Wis. – The eighth-ranked UW-Whitewater men's basketball team won its seventh-consecutive game with a 77-58 victory over WIAC opponent UW-Platteville. This is the sixth-consecutive victory for UW-W against the Pioneers, dating back to the 2010-11 season.

The Warhawks are now 13-2 and 4-2 in the conference while the Pioneers fall to10-5 and suffer their first WIAC loss as they are now 5-1 in conference.

Whitewater and Platteville battled it out early in the first, having five ties in the first eight minutes. UW-W scored the first two baskets with aReggie Hearn (Milwaukee/Marshall) layup 0:30 into the game and a KJ Evans (Beloit/Beloit Memorial) steal led to a good jumper by Quardell Young (Kenosha/Bradford) to go up 4-0 at the 17:16 mark. UW-P didn't wait long to tie it up as it put in two layups in less than a minute for the games first tie, 4-4.

The teams traded baskets for the next five minutes as the score climbed to 12-12 with 11:52 left in the first half.

Young converted on a three-point play and added another layup to put Whitewater up by five, 17-12, when the Pioneers scored four straight points to pull within one, 17-16, with just over six minutes left.

Alex Merg (Greendale/Greendale) hit a big three pointer off a Quardell Young (Kenosha/Bradford) pass to go up by four, 20-16, and the Warhawks never looked back after that as they scored 11 of the remaining 13 points to take a 13-point lead, 31-18, going into halftime.

Reggie Hearn (Milwaukee/Marshall) led all scorers at the half with eight points and Quardell Young (Kenosha/Bradford) had seven with a pair of assists and a steal. The Warhawks shot 52.0% (13-25) from the field while holding UW-P to 44.4% (8-18) and scoreless from behind the arc (0-5).

The teams traded baskets early in the second half with Platteville coming within 13 points of the Warhawks (37-24) at the 17:17 mark. Whitewater went off after that, extending its lead to 24 three times.

The Pioneers tried to make a comeback with a 10-5 run in the late stages of the game, but it was too little too late as the Warhawks' defense held at the end of the game.

Whitewater shot 70.8% (17-24) from the field in the second half to bring its game percentage to 61.2% (30-49). UW-P made good on its free throw attempts, going 10-13 from the charity stripe, but only shot 43.8% (14-32) from the floor and 2-5 from long range. Hearn and Young topped Whitewater in scoring with 16 and 14 points, respectively, with Young also dishing five assists. Leading the way for Platteville was Chas Cross 2ith 19 points and six rebounds, going perfect from the field, 7-7. Eric Gerber and Jake Manning also added 11 points for the Pioneers.

UW-Whitewater will remain at home when it hosts UW-Superior on Saturday, January 18 with tip-off scheduled for 3:00 pm.