Luke Geiger scored 21 points and the UW-Stout men’s basketball team shot nearly 50 percent from the field, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Blue Devils fell to UW-Stevens Point 72-61 on Wednesday in Menomonie.

Geiger made three 3-pointers as part of a strong night, but Zach Dahl was the only other Blue Devil to score in double figures. He added 10.

Holding a 23-20 lead with just under five minutes to play in the first half, Stevens Point went on a small 8-4 run to head into the break with a seven-point lead.

Stout managed to trim the Pointers’ lead to three points on a 3-pointer by Geiger with 4:46 left in the game, but Stevens Point’s ensuing 7-0 run gave it the breathing room it needed to see out the win.

D’Marcco Patrick had nine points for the Blue Devils, and Garret Parks added eight.

Ethan Bublitz had a game-high 22 points for Stevens Point. The Pointers had four players score in double figures.

Stout is still searching for its first WIAC win of the season. It returns to action on the road against UW-Platteville on Saturday.

UW-Oshkosh 85, UW-Eau Claire 63: The fourth-ranked Titans turned a 15-15 tie midway through the first half into a 45-29 lead at the break by holding the Blugolds to 14 points in the final 13 minutes of the half.

The conference-leading Titans got 28 points and 15 rebounds from center Jack Flynn.

Sean Miller led the Blugolds with 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench, while Cole Rabedeaux and Ben Widdes added 16 and 13 points, respectively.

Oshkosh shot 51 percent from the floor and had four of its five starters score in double figures. The Blugolds shot at a 38 percent clip and made just 27 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.

Eau Claire hits the road on Saturday to take on Stevens Point.

Women’s hoops

UW-Stevens Point 77, UW-Stout 69: The Blue Devils, fresh off a win over UW-Eau Claire, were surprised by the seventh-place Pointers in WIAC play.

Stevens Point entered the night with just one win in league play, but used a big second quarter to build a lead and held off a late rally from Stout.

The Blue Devils trailed 34-22 at halftime and were down by 16 entering the final quarter. But Stout went on a 23-12 run to start the fourth quarter to pull within five.

However, the Pointers were solid from the free throw line down the stretch to ice the game away.

Shannan Watkins led Stout with 19 points, and the Blue Devils got 15 points apiece from Kyncaide Diedrich and Amber Fabeck. But nobody scored more than Stevens Point’s Amber Baehman, who poured in 20 and secured 11 rebounds.

Stout will look to bounce back when it hosts Platteville on Saturday afternoon.