Cole Rabedeaux broke a late tie with a 3 and the Blugolds hit four clutch free throws in the closing minutes as UW-Eau Claire men’s basketball earned its first statement win of the season, a 69-65 triumph over No. 10 UW-Whitewater.
Rabedeaux scored a game-high 20 points as the Blugolds earned a second win in two tries in the WIAC. Spencer Page had 13 points, with two coming on late free throws, and Sean Miller added 10.
The squads were tied at 35 at the break, but the Blugolds shot 51 percent from the field in the second half to move to 9-4 and earn a third straight victory. Eau Claire lost both meetings with the Warhawks last season by double-digit margins.
Whitewater has lost twice in a row after starting the season with 11 consecutive victories. The Warhawks lost to No. 12 UW-Stevens Point last Wednesday. They next play at home against UW-Stout this Wednesday. Eau Claire hosts UW-La Crosse that same night.
UW-Eau Claire 85, UW-Whitewater 58: Kelsey Bakken scored 22 points and Katie Essen added 19 as the Blugold women also knocked off the Warhawks to move to 2-0 in conference play.
The Blugolds outscored Whitewater in all three quarters but pulled away most significantly in the fourth. Eau Claire outscored the Warhawks 30-12 in the final frame after dominating in the paint all afternoon. The Blugolds won the rebounding battle 43-20 and scored 40 points in the paint compared to Whitewater’s 20.
Eau Claire will play its first WIAC road game on Wednesday at UW-La Crosse.
UW-Oshkosh 81, UW-Stout 54: The Blue Devils moved to 1-1 in the WIAC as the Titans held them to their lowest scoring output of the season.
The Titans got out to a sizable 21-point halftime lead thanks to a 21-8 second quarter. Bailey Diersen led the Blue Devils with 17 points, while Kyncaide Diedrich had 14. As a team, Stout shot 36 percent from the field and 10 percent on 3-point attempts.
The Blue Devils host UW-Whitewater Wednesday.