The UW-Eau Claire men’s basketball team picked up its fourth consecutive win on Saturday, downing UW-La Crosse 61-52 in La Crosse.
The Blugolds held La Crosse, the second-place team in the WIAC, to a 31 percent shooting percentage in the victory. The Eagles entered halftime with just 16 points.
Eau Claire, which moved into a tie for fourth in the conference, had four players score in double figures. Spencer Page and Blake Wacholz led the Blugolds with 13 points apiece off the bench. Cam Kuepers and Ben Widdes both added 10 points.
The Blugolds opened the second half with a 12-2 run, turning a 21-16 advantage into a 33-18 lead. Page scored seven points during that stretch.
La Crosse cut the lead to eight points with two minutes left, but the Blugolds did enough to see out the win.
Eau Claire plays the penultimate game of its regular season when it hosts UW-River Falls on Wednesday night.
UW-Whitewater 79, UW-Stout 77: The Blue Devils were denied another chance at their first WIAC win of the season when Whitewater’s Andre Brown hit the game-winning shot with 4.9 seconds remaining.
Luke Geiger’s 3-point attempt for the win went off the rim at the buzzer for Stout.
Geiger led all scorers with 27 points, and Jon Ciriacks added 24 points for the Blue Devils.
Stout made 15 3-pointers in the win, led by seven from Geiger. The Blue Devils shot nearly 50 percent from deep.
Stout took a 77-74 lead when Geiger hit a 3-pointer with 1:25 remaining. But Dalton Menke answered with a 3 of his own for Whitewater 33 seconds later, setting the stage for Brown’s winner in the closing moments of the game.
Stout travels to UW-Stevens Point on Wednesday night.
UW-La Crosse 62, UW-Eau Claire 50: The Blugolds got 25 points from Hallee Hoeppner, but it wasn’t enough to prevent their seventh straight loss.
Eau Claire was held to 30 percent shooting from the field, including missing 18 of 20 3-point attempts.
Kelsey Bakken was the only other Blugold to score in double figures, finishing with 14 points.
Emma Gamoke poured in a game-high 34 points to lead La Crosse.
A 3-0 lead on a 3-pointer from Hoeppner in the first minute of the game was the only time the Blugolds were ahead on the scoreboard.
Eau Claire hits the road to take on UW-River Falls on Wednesday.
UW-Whitewater 74, UW-Stout 60: The Blue Devils couldn’t overcome a 33 percent shooting percentage, falling on the road.
Stout was within six points of the lead early in the fourth quarter at 56-50, but Whitewater pulled away by outscoring the Blue Devils 18-11 in the final period.
Stout’s Kyncaide Diedrich led all scorers with 19 points while also securing nine rebounds. Bailey Diersen added 15 points, while Amber Fabeck chipped in with 13.
Emily Schumacher led Whitewater with 17 points. Olivia Freckmann had a double-double for the Warhawks with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Stout hosts UW-Stevens Point on Wednesday.