No. 12 UW-River Falls holds on late
Tight game marked by 11 ties until Falcons lead last 3:56
UW-River Falls Athletics
River Falls, Wis. -- No. 12 UW-River Falls battled to a 56-53 conference win against UW-Platteville on Saturday afternoon at the Karges Center. The biggest lead by either team was eight points and the game was tied 11 times, including seven times in the first half.
UWP went on a 8-2 run to take a 23-22 lead with 3:08 to go. With 2:30 to play Jake Voeltz hit 1 of 2 free throws to tie the game at 23-23 and then converted two layups to put UWRF ahead, 27-23.
The first half ended with the Falcons holding a slim 27-25 lead after UWRF earned a five-point lead five times in the first 20 minutes. The last came with 6:50 to play at 20-15 when Aaron Anderson hit a 3-pointer. Anderson was a perfect 4 of 4 from the field and 2 of 2 from behind the arc in the first half.
UWRF went on a 7-1 run to start the second half as Anderson hit another 3 to put the Falcons ahead 34-26 with 16:58 to play. But UWP scored the next six points over a 1:15 span to pull within 34-32. Neither team could take control of the contest and with 9:35 to play the game was tied at 42-42. UWP moved ahead 49-46 with 6:35 to go when Joe Allen hit a layup. After Voeltz hit 1 of 2 free throws, Chase Cross went 1 of 2 at the line to give UWP a 50-47 lead with 6:14 remaining.
Voetlz was fouled with 4:53 to go and hit hit both free throws to cut the UWP lead to 50-49. UWRF took the lead for good when Shane Manor scored on a layup to give UWRF a 51-50 advantage with 3:56 to play. Voeltz scored the team's next three points by hitting 1 of 2 free throws and a layup to give UWRF a 54-50 lead.
UWP's Joe Allen hit a 3 with 1:07 to play to cut the Falcon lead to 54-53. With five seconds left, UWP was forced to foul, putting Jontae Koonkaew at the line. The senior, a 76 percent free throw shooter on the season, calmly stepped to the line and made both free throws to put the Falcons ahead 56-53, setting up Allen's final shot that clanged off the rim at the buzzer.
Manor led the Falcons with 18 points and six assists and added two blocks and two steals. Anderson finished with 13 points and was 5 of 6 from the field including 3 of 3 from beyond the arc. Voeltz also had 13 points and led the Falcons with six rebounds.
Each team had 19 turnovers, matching a season high for UW-River Falls.
UWP, now 10-6 overall and 3-4 in the WIAC, was led by Nick Allen who scored 14 points. Eric Wall finished with 11 points and seven rebounds while Stangel had 10 points, four assists and three steals.
The Falcons have now won 11 consecutive games and finished the first half of WIAC play with a perfect 8-0 record.