The No. 10 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men's basketball team posted strong performances on both ends of the floor Wednesday night in an 83-58 triumph at Beloit in a non-conference affair at Flood Arena in Beloit, Wis.
The Warhawks (8-1 overall) shot 56.1 percent from the floor and held the Buccaneers to a 33.9 percent performance, including 21.9 percent in the first half.
Sophomore forward Riley Stewart collected a career- and game-high 18 points to go along with four rebounds to lead UW-Whitewater, which outscored Beloit 38-16 on points in the paint.
Junior forward Derek Rongstad tallied 13 points, six rebounds and two assists. Junior guard Andre Brown registered 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals, and junior guard David Sachs recorded 12 points, a team-high seven rebounds and three assists.
UW-Whitewater scored the first seven points of the game before the Buccaneers tallied seven of the next nine to draw within 9-7 with 13:45 to play in the first half.
The Warhawks posted another 7-0 run on three consecutive layups, including a 3-point play by Sachs, and grabbed a double-digit lead at the 8:06 mark on a layup by Jensen.
UW-Whitewater doubled up Beloit at 31-15 with 4:29 to go on a jumper by junior forward Scotty Tyler, and the team took its largest lead of the game at 39-21 after a pair of free throws by junior guard Dalton Menke with 20 seconds left in the period.
The Buccaneers drew to within 12 on two separate occasions in the second half, but Sachs and Brown hit back-to-back 3-pointers to bring the Warhawk lead back to 18 at 60-42 midway through the frame.
Senior guard Jerry Ngobi tallied five straight points to give UW-Whitewater a 78-52 advantage with 2:44 to play, and sophomore forward Ryan Fitzgerald converted a 3-point play with 1:57 on the clock to give the team its largest lead of the game at 81-54 with 1:57 remaining.
The Warhawks resume play Dec. 29-30 at the Nicolet National Bank Holiday Tournament at St. Norbert College in De Pere. UW-Whitewater faces Finlandia (Mich.) to open play on the 29th at 5 p.m.