UW-Oshkosh nearly outscored the Bethany Lutheran College men's basketball team with just its bench points during a 66-37 victory over the host Vikings on Saturday (Dec. 6) in Mankato, Minn.
The Titans (4-2) received 35 points from its non-starters, including a career-high 11 from Brett Linzmeier. UW-Oshkosh also obtained eight points off the bench from both Sean Dwyer and Taylor Jansen and seven from Max Schebel.
Dalton Kleinschmidt led Bethany Lutheran College (0-6) in scoring with 10 points. The Vikings also received six points apiece from Nate Chadderdon and Luke Roddy.
UW-Oshkosh trailed 5-4 before scoring 14 straight points, including three-point baskets from Bolger, Linzmeier and Jake Laihinen, to take an 18-5 lead with 10:21 left in the first half.
The Titans scored the last seven points of the opening period, including four by Bolger, to take a 35-15 lead at intermission. Bethany Lutheran College's halftime deficit was primarily caused by its 17 turnovers and 28.6 percent (6-21) shooting from the field.
UW-Oshkosh extended its second-half advantage to 43-19 before Bethany Lutheran College chipped away and pulled to a 51-34 deficit with 11 minutes left.
It was all UW-Oshkosh after that as the Titans scored 15 of the game's final 18 points. UW-Oshkosh's largest lead was a 66-36 score with 3:58 remaining.
UW-Oshkosh, which committed a season-low nine turnovers, shot 38.2 percent (21-55) from the field. The Titans also shot 73.1 percent (19-26) from the free-throw line and 21.7 percent (5-23) from three-point range.
Bethany Lutheran College shot 32.6 percent (15-46) from the field, but just 9.1 percent (1-11) from the free-throw stripe. The Vikings made six of their 18 three-point shots (33.3 percent) while committing 26 turnovers.
Bethany Lutheran College totaled 37 rebounds, with eight belonging to both Chadderdon and Brady Rose.
UW-Oshkosh resumes WIAC action with a trip to UW-Platteville on Wednesday (Dec. 10).