15th-Ranked Warhawks Lead From Start To Finish

Sean Wise scored a career-best 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting
Sean Wise scored a career-best 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting

UW-Whitewater had eight players score seven-plus points during a 68-50 men's basketball victory over UW-Oshkosh on Wednesday (Jan. 16) in Whitewater.

The Warhawks (13-3/6-2 WIAC), ranked 15th by D3hoops.com, were led by 11 points and five assists from Quardell Young. Eric Bryson added 10 points, while Darnell Harris totaled 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Sean Wise (Sr. • Wautoma) tallied a career-high 14 points, all in the first half, to lead the Titans (6-11/1-7 WIAC). Dylan Wurtz (Jr. • Kimberly) posted nine points and six rebounds, to go with six points and six boards from Andre Wallace (Fr. • Sun Prairie).

Young and Luke Knoble sparked UW-Whitewater to an early 10-3 lead. Knoble sank two baskets inside, while Young dropped in a three-pointer and a lay-up.

Wise marked four points and Wurtz drained a deep jumper to pull the Titans within 18-14 at the 11:57 mark. KJ Evans then counted two hoops and Young hit a three-ball to make it a 35-25 advantage at halftime.

UW-Oshkosh hung around with three-point shots by Wurtz and Josh Hopfensperger (So. • Neenah). Following two free throws from Cory Nickel (Jr. • Waupun), the margin was 46-41 with 10:47 remaining.

The Warhawks responded with a 13-2 run that put the game out of reach. Harris canned a pair of three-pointers and Bryson added another deep jumper to make it 59-43.

After shooting 58 percent in the opening half, UW-Whitewater finished at 50 percent overall (26-52). The Warhawks connected on 8-of-22 from long range (36 percent) and 8-of-12 at the foul line (67 percent).

UW-Whitewater held a 35-25 advantage in rebounds.

The Titans recorded 40 percent (17-43) overall shooting, with 25 percent success (4-16) behind the arc and 71 percent accuracy on free throws (12-17).

UW-Oshkosh hosts UW-Platteville next Wednesday (Jan. 23) in Kolf Sports Center.