UW-Eau Claire men’s basketball held a one-point lead on No. 9 Stevens Point at the half, but were unable to fend off the pesky Pointers and complete a second major upset of the young WIAC schedule.
Stevens Point opened the second on an 11-0 run and got 19 points from Canon O’Heron in the final 20 minutes to secure a 68-53 victory at Zorn Arena.
The 11-3 Pointers are no offensive juggernaut, falling in the bottom of the WIAC in both scoring offense and field goal percentage, but heated up from the field in the second half. Stevens Point shot 56 percent in the final frame, a 14 percent increase from its season average, as the Pointers outscored Eau Claire 39-23.
Cole Rabedeaux led the Blugolds with 16 points, while Ben Widdes trailed closely behind him with 15. O’Heron led all players in points (23) and rebounds (10).
Eau Claire, which opened the conference slate with two wins, including one against ranked UW-Whitewater, has now lost two straight heading into Wednesday night’s road contest against Platteville.
UW-Eau Claire 79, UW-Stevens Point 59: The afternoon was much more successful for the Blugolds women’s team, which earned a wire-to-wire victory to move to 2-1 in the WIAC.
Eau Claire, which led by as many as 33, held the 3-happy Pointers to 16 percent from deep on 36 shots. Defensively, the Blugolds also snagged 17 steals which turned into 20 points the other way.
Kelsey Bakken and Hallee Hoeppner each scored 20, the only Blugolds in double digits. Eau Claire hosts Platteville on Wednesday as it celebrates Cancer Awareness night.
UW-Platteville 68, UW-Stout 64: The Pioneers outscored the Blue Devils 22-13 in the fourth to earn a comeback victory at home.
Platteville’s Morgan Horstman scored 13 of her 22 points in the final frame to lead the Pioneers.
Bailey Diersen led the Blue Devils with 21 points, while Kyncaide Diedrich had 15 and Carolyn Feddema added 10.
Stout hosts UW-River Falls on Wednesday.