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Wisconsin-Stevens Point Athletics | December 31, 2013

Tillema nails game-winner as Wisconsin-Stevens Point wins

NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Tyler Tillema hit a jumper from the top of the key with 2.6 seconds remaining to lift the top-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point to a 66-64 road win against North Central (Ill.) in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday evening at Gregory Arena.

Following Tillema's pull-up jumper, the Cardinals (7-4) got a good look at a corner three from Tyler Sutton but his game-winning attempt from the corner bounced high off the rim as the Pointers (11-0) completed a tough three-game stretch with another win.

Sutton's three free throws tied the score at 62 with 1:51 to play before Stephen Pelkofer gave UWSP a 64-62 lead with 41 seconds remaining off an assist from Austin Ryf. North Central responded with a layup by Vince Kmiec to knot the score at 64-64 with 16 seconds to go, setting up the dramatic final two possessions.

Tillema scored a game-high 30 points on 11-for-21 shooting and shot 7-for-12 from the free-throw line. He also added five rebounds five assists in his third 30-point game of the season.

Trevor Hass backed up his 40-point game by shooting 8-for-11 from the field and scoring 20 points. Hass picked up his sixth 20-point game this year and scored at least 20 in each of the past three games.