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2006-07 UW-Oshkosh Men's Basketball News

 

Cancer Claims Life Of Former Titan

Forrest Olson, who received a pair of All-WIAC first team awards while playing for the UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team from 1993-96, passed away Thursday (Aug. 16) following a lengthy battle with cancer. The Hancock, Mich., resident was 33 years old.

Olson started 95 of the 100 games that he played in for UW-Oshkosh and accumulated 1,387 career points, the ninth-highest total in school history. His career also featured 530 rebounds, 125 assists and 110 three-point baskets. Olson was the owner of five double-doubles, including a 26-point, 12-rebound performance in the Titans' 89-86 loss to Viterbo University on Dec. 21, 1994.

The 6-foot-6-inch forward started 18 games for the Titans in 1993 and averaged 9.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest. He scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in UW-Oshkosh's 102-85 win over UW-La Crosse on Feb. 13, 1993. In 1994, Olson started all 25 games for UW-Oshkosh and averaged 13.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest. He scored a career-high 29 points in the Titans' 85-55 win over UW-La Crosse on Jan. 26, 1994.

Olson earned All-WIAC first team accolades in 1995 when he started all 25 games and averaged 18.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest. Olson averaged 17.8 points per WIAC contest to lead the league in scoring. He tallied 28 points in UW-Oshkosh's 88-81 victory over UW-La Crosse on Feb. 4, 1995.

In 1996, Olson averaged 14.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest to help UW-Oshkosh to a 23-4 record and its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship. He started all 27 games for the Titans and received All-WIAC first team honors for his performance. Olson grabbed 12 rebounds in UW-Oshkosh's 66-63 win over UW-Stout on Jan. 13, 1996 and scored 18 points and collected nine rebounds in the Titans' 61-60 double overtime loss to Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship.

Olson followed his UW-Oshkosh playing career by attending classes at both Finlandia University and Michigan Technological University. He earned a bachelor's degree in social studies and a teaching certificate from Michigan Technological University.

Olson was an assistant coach for the men's basketball team at Michigan Technological University. He later went on to teach social studies, coach girls' basketball and serve as the director of athletics at Hancock High School.

Olson came to UW-Oshkosh from Rice Lake High School, where he started two basketball seasons for the Warriors and was named the Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year in 1992.

Olson is survived by his wife, Darla, and daughters, Brooke and Brynn.

NABC Selects Capelle To All-Region Team

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) has named UW-Oshkosh's Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) to its 2007 NCAA Division III All-West Region Men's Basketball team.

Capelle, a 6-foot-7 forward, was one of six players earning all-region status. Joining him on the squad were Jon Krull of UW-Stevens Point, Isaac Rosefelt and Bryan Schnettler of the University of St. Thomas (Minn.), Joe Werner of UW-La Crosse and Kyle White of Loras College (Iowa).

Capelle, a three-time All-WIAC first team selection, started all 27 games for UW-Oshkosh this past season and averaged 16.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest. The 6-foot-7 forward also shot 44.1 percent (132-299) from the field, 42.2 percent (54-128) behind the three-point arc and 84.9 percent (118-139) from the free-throw line. Capelle ranked second in the WIAC in free-throw percentage, fourth in scoring, sixth in three-point field goals, eighth in three-point field goal percentage and ninth in rebounding.

Capelle led UW-Oshkosh in scoring in 13 of its 27 games this past year. He tallied a career-high 35 points in UW-Oshkosh’s 75-64 win over Cardinal Stritch University on Dec. 30 and 28 points in the Titans’ 64-50 victory over UW-Stout on Dec. 9. Capelle recorded one double-double, an 11-point, 10-rebound performance in UW-Oshkosh’s 79-58 win over UW-Platteville on Jan. 2.

Capelle was a starter in each of UW-Oshkosh’s 107 games the past four seasons. His career totals include 1,559 points, 613 rebounds, 217 assists and 186 three-point baskets. Capelle ranks fifth in UW-Oshkosh history in three point field goals, seventh in scoring, 10th in rebounding and 15th in assists.

Rosefelt was voted as the region's player of the year, while Bob Semling of UW-Stevens Point was elected as the region's coach of the year.

Gibson Named All-Region By D3hoops.com

UW-Oshkosh 7-foot-1 center Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) has received NCAA Division III All-West Region third team honors by D3hoops.com.

Gibson was one of 15 players earning all-region accolades, including third team members Chris Ask of UW-La Crosse, Steve Hicklin and Jon Krull of UW-Stevens Point and Jacob Nonemacher of UW-Stout.

Gibson started all 27 games for UW-Oshkosh this past year and averaged 14.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.8 blocked shots and 2.4 assists per contest. The 7-foot-1 center also shot 58.6 percent (139-237) from the field and 72.9 percent (102-140) from the free-throw line. Gibson led the WIAC in blocked shots and field goal percentage while ranking fourth in rebounding and 11th in scoring.

Gibson paced UW-Oshkosh in scoring in 11 of its 27 games this past year. He counted 23 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots in UW-Oshkosh’s 72-55 win over UW-Stevens Point on Jan. 24 and tallied 23 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots in the Titans’ 69-66 victory over UW-River Falls on Jan. 13. Gibson recorded the first triple-double in UW-Oshkosh history when he scored 13 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked a WIAC-record 11 shots during the Titans’ 76-44 win over UW-Superior on Dec. 2.

Gibson played in each of UW-Oshkosh’s 107 games the past four years, including 100 as a starter. His career totals include 1,161 points, 716 rebounds and 351 blocked shots. Gibson is the all-time leading shot blocker in UW-Oshkosh and WIAC history. He also ranks eighth in UW-Oshkosh history in rebounding and 18th in scoring.

Selected to the NCAA Division III All-West Region first team were Sam Betty of Occidental College (Calif.), Amir Mazarei of the University of Redlands (Calif.), Isaac Rosefelt and Bryan Schnettler of the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) and Joe Werner of UW-La Crosse.

Second team honorees were Tim Madson of Bethel College (Minn.), Clint Driftmier of Central College (Iowa), Kyle White of Loras College (Iowa), Pete Rortvedt of UW-Stevens Point and Bryan Williams of Whitworth College (Wash.).

Rosefelt was named the region's player of the year, while Gary Smith of the University of Redlands was picked as the region's coach of the year.

Titans Denied NCAA Postseason Bid

The UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team will be a spectator for the 2007 NCAA Division III Championship after failing to receive one of the 59 invitations to the postseason event on Sunday (Feb. 25).

UW-Oshkosh was hoping to land one of the 18 at-large bids, but those selections went to Amherst College (25-2), Brandeis University (19-6), DePauw University (22-5), Guilford College (21-4), Hood College (21-7), Hope College (23-4), John Carroll University (19-9), Keene State College (23-5), Mary-Hardin Baylor University (22-5), Messiah College (19-6), St. John's University (20-7), State University of New York-Brockport (23-5), Stevens Institute of Technology (21-6), Trinity College (21-4), University of Chicago (20-5), University of Rochester (18-7), Virginia Wesleyan University (23-4) and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (22-3).

Earning one of the 37 automatic bids to the NCAA Division III Championship was WIAC regular season and tournament champion UW-Stevens Point (25-2). Four other bids were granted to independent teams or teams that are members of conferences that do not meet the requirements for automatic qualification.

This year's NCAA Division III Championship begins on Thursday (March 1) with five first-round contests. The title game is scheduled for March 17 in Salem, Va.

UW-Oshkosh concluded the 2007 season with a 21-6 record. The Titans won 12 of their 16 WIAC contests to share second place in the league standings with UW-La Crosse. UW-Oshkosh compiled a 2-1 record against teams in this year's NCAA Division III Championship, including wins of 72-55 over UW-Stevens Point and 78-59 over Carroll College. The Titans also lost an 89-76 decision to UW-Stevens Point.

Capelle, Gibson Named All-WIAC

UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball players Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) and Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) have received All-WIAC first team honors by a vote of the league’s nine head coaches.

Capelle, who also received All-WIAC first team honors in 2004 and 2005, started all 27 games for UW-Oshkosh this past season and averaged 16.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest. The 6-foot-7 forward also shot 44.1 percent (132-299) from the field, 42.2 percent (54-128) behind the three-point arc and 84.9 percent (118-139) from the free-throw line. Capelle ranked second in the WIAC in free-throw percentage, fourth in scoring, sixth in three-point field goals, eighth in three-point field goal percentage and ninth in rebounding.

Capelle led UW-Oshkosh in scoring in 13 of its 27 games this past year. He tallied a career-high 35 points in UW-Oshkosh’s 75-64 win over Cardinal Stritch University on Dec. 30 and 28 points in the Titans’ 64-50 victory over UW-Stout on Dec. 9. Capelle recorded one double-double, an 11-point, 10-rebound performance in UW-Oshkosh’s 79-58 win over UW-Platteville on Jan. 2.

Capelle was a starter in each of UW-Oshkosh’s 107 games the past four seasons. His career totals include 1,559 points, 613 rebounds, 217 assists and 186 three-point baskets. Capelle ranks fifth in UW-Oshkosh history in three point field goals, seventh in scoring, 10th in rebounding and 15th in assists.

Gibson, a first-time All-WIAC first team selection, started all 27 games for UW-Oshkosh this past year and averaged 14.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.8 blocked shots and 2.4 assists per contest. The 7-foot-1 center also shot 58.6 percent (139-237) from the field and 72.9 percent (102-140) from the free-throw line. Gibson led the WIAC in blocked shots and field goal percentage while ranking fourth in rebounding and 11th in scoring.

Gibson paced UW-Oshkosh in scoring in 11 of its 27 games this past year. He counted 23 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots in UW-Oshkosh’s 72-55 win over UW-Stevens Point on Jan. 24 and tallied 23 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots in the Titans’ 69-66 victory over UW-River Falls on Jan. 13. Gibson recorded the first triple-double in UW-Oshkosh history when he scored 13 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked a WIAC-record 11 shots during the Titans’ 76-44 win over UW-Superior on Dec. 2.

Gibson played in each of UW-Oshkosh’s 107 games the past four years, including 100 as a starter. His career totals include 1,161 points, 716 rebounds and 351 blocked shots. Gibson is the all-time leading shot blocker in UW-Oshkosh and WIAC history. He also ranks eighth in UW-Oshkosh history in rebounding and 18th in scoring.

Joining the UW-Oshkosh duo on the first team were Chris Ask and Joe Werner of UW-La Crosse, Mark Gossens of UW-Platteville, Steve Hicklin, Jon Krull and Pete Rortvedt of UW-Stevens Point, Jacob Nonemacher of UW-Stout and Jason Price of UW-Whitewater. Werner was selected as the WIAC Player of the Year.

Receiving honorable mention were Dan Beyer of UW-Eau Claire, Chris Fehrenbach of UW-La Crosse, Charlie Lohoff of UW-Platteville, Jontae Koonkaew and Nate Robertson of UW-River Falls, Bryan Beamish of UW-Stevens Point, Jerrel Enerson-Matthews of UW-Stout, Leonard Cobb of UW-Superior and Anthony Mlachnik and Mike Toellner of UW-Whitewater.

UW-Stevens Point’s Bob Semling was named WIAC Coach of the Year.

Eagles Slip By Titans In WIAC Tournament Semifinal

The UW-La Crosse men's basketball team advanced to the WIAC Tournament Championship game for the first time in school history with a 66-61 semifinal round victory over UW-Oshkosh on Thursday (Feb. 22) in La Crosse.

The Eagles, 19-7 on the season, will play at top-ranked UW-Stevens Point Saturday, February 24 at 7 p.m. in the championship game. The Pointers advanced to the final with a 94-69 victory over UW-Whitewater Thursday night in Stevens Point.

UW-Oshkosh, ranked seventh according to D3hoops.com, falls to 21-6 on the year. Three of the Titans' six losses this season have come to UW-La Crosse (ranked 18th). UW-Oshkosh has also lost to UW-Stevens Point (ranked first) and Elmhurst College, Ill. (ranked 14th).

UW-La Crosse, ranked 18th, led 15-10 with 11:54 remaining in the first half and 26-20 with 5:08 left. UW-Oshkosh then went on a 11-0 run to take a 31-26 lead with 1:44 remaining before UW-La Crosse came back to tie the contest 33-33 at halftime. There were five times in the first half.

The Titans used a 11-6 run to start the second half to lead 44-39 with 14:57 remaining after a D.J. Marsh (Fr. • Bayside) jumper. The Eagles then went on a 12-0 run to lead 51-44 with just over nine minutes left. UW-Oshkosh cut the deficit to 53-51 with 5:06 left on a Jordan Johnson (Jr. • Waupaca) lay-up, but the Titans could get no closer than two points the rest of the game.

UW-La Crosse's Chris Ask hit a pair of jumpers and UW-Oshkosh's Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) hit four free throws to make it 57-55 with 3:17 remaining. The Eagles then went seven-of-11 from the charity stripe and the Titans finished two-of-eight from the field in the last 2:44 of the contest. UW-Oshkosh was four-of-19 from the floor in the final 10:50 of the game.

Each team finished with four starters in double figures. Ask led UW-La Crosse with 20 points, including 12 in the second half. He also finished with four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Brandon Brown had 17 points, finishing six-of-11 from the field and five-of-eight at the free throw line. Joe Werner and Chris Fehrenbach each scored 10 points while Werner grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

UW-La Crosse shot 50 percent from the field, including 55.6 percent (15-of-27) in the first half. The Eagles finished two-of-eight (25 percent) from three-point range in the game and 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) at the line.

Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) led UW-Oshkosh with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Capelle finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. Marsh added 11 points and Johnson 10.

UW-Oshkosh shot 37.5 percent from the field, including 27.6 percent (eight-of-29) in the second half. The Titans were three-of-15 (20.0 percent) from three-point range and 16-of-20 (80.0 percent) at the line.

Titans Trounce Falcons In WIAC Tournament Opener

Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) and D.J. Marsh (Fr. • Bayside) scored 20 points apiece and Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) 18 as UW-Oshkosh defeated UW-River Falls, 83-65, in a quarterfinal round contest of the WIAC Men's Basketball Tournament held Tuesday (Feb. 20) in Kolf Sports Center.

The victory advances third-seeded UW-Oshkosh (21-5) to a semifinal round scuffle with second-seeded UW-La Crosse (18-7) on Thursday (Feb. 22) in La Crosse. The Eagles qualified for their debate with the Titans by tripping seventh-seeded UW-Stout (12-13), 63-58, on Tuesday.

Other quarterfinal round winners on Tuesday in the eight-team WIAC Tournament were top-seeded UW-Stevens Point (23-2) and fourth-seeded UW-Whitewater (18-8). UW-Stevens Point demolished eighth-seeded UW-Eau Claire (10-16), 89-55, to earn the right to host UW-Whitewater on Thursday in the tournament's other semifinal. UW-Whitewater extended its season by edging fifth-seeded UW-Platteville (13-12), 58-57.

Capelle, who was starting his 106th consecutive game for the Titans, scored his 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 shooting from the free-throw line. He also grabbed six rebounds and dished off three assists. Marsh tallied his 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 shooting from the free-throw stripe. He also collected six rebounds and recorded two assists.

Gibson, who was making his 99th start for UW-Oshkosh, counted his 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field and 2-of-3 shooting from the free-throw line. He also snatched eight rebounds, dished off six assists and blocked four shots. Gibson has now blocked 349 shots during his 106-game UW-Oshkosh career to rank third in NCAA Division III history.

Off the bench, UW-Oshkosh received 11 points, six rebounds and one blocked shot from Dane Seckar-Anderson (So. • Oshkosh). Seckar-Anderson made three of his four shots from the field and five of his six free throws.

Courtney Davis provided nearly a third of UW-River Falls' scoring by totaling 21 points. He made nine of his 16 shots from the field and two of his four free throws. Davis also grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

UW-River Falls (10-16), seeded seventh in this year's WIAC Tournament, had two other double-figure scorers in the contest as Nate Robertson totaled 13 points and Jontae Koonkaew 10.

UW-River Falls opened the contest by taking a 13-8 lead with 15:05 left in the first half. UW-Oshkosh bounced back to tie the game at 13-13, and following a 15-15 deadlock, staged a 23-4 scoring run to take a 38-19 advantage with 4:30 remaining in the opening period. The Falcons then tallied 12 of the next 15 points to shrink the Titans' lead at intermission to 41-31.

Robertson opened the second half with four quick points as the Falcons cut their deficit to 41-35 with 18:48 to play. 10 straight points by UW-Oshkosh immediately following that spurt put the Titans ahead 51-35 with 15:57 left. UW-Oshkosh led by 14-plus points the final 9:37 of the contest, including a 79-57 advantage with 2:53 to go.

UW-Oshkosh shot 54.5 percent (30-55) from the field and 73.9 percent (17-23) from the free-throw line. The Titans were 6-of-10 shooting (60 percent) behind the three-point line as Capelle made four of his seven shots and Marsh two of his three.

UW-River Falls shot 41 percent (25-61) from the field, but just 15.4 percent (2-13) behind the three-point arc. The Falcons shot 72.2 percent (13-18) from the free-throw line.

UW-Oshkosh, ranked seventh in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, out-rebounded UW-River Falls, 37-28. The contest had 21 turnovers as UW-River Falls committed 10 and UW-Oshkosh 11.

Titans Register Third 20-Win Season In Six Years

The UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team stormed out to a 28-10 lead and coasted to a 67-51 victory over UW-Platteville on Saturday (Feb. 17) in Platteville.

UW-Oshkosh concludes the regular season with a 20-5 record, including a second-place 12-4 mark in the WIAC. UW-Oshkosh shares second place in the WIAC standings with UW-La Crosse, but the Titans will be the third seed for the league's eight-team tournament that begins on Tuesday (Feb. 20).

UW-Oshkosh led 36-20 at the half and extended the margin to as much as 24 (54-30) in the second half. Thanks to full-court pressure, the Pioneers climbed back late in the game, coming within 11 twice, the latest at 58-47. Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) made 3-4 free throws, pushing the margin back to 14 at 61-47.

Gibson led the Titans with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks, moving into third place all-time in NCAA III history with 345 swats. Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) added 12 points.

Mark Gossens and Mike Jamerson were saluted before the game on senior night. Gossens had 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Mike Shawk added 11 points and Curt Hanson 10.

The Pioneers made two more field goals (21-19) than the Titans, but UW-Oshkosh hit 23-36 (63.9 percent) on the line, while UW-Platteville was 4-6 (66.7 percent).

Warhawks Shoot Past Titans

The UW-Whitewater men's basketball team shot 57.8 percent (26-45) from the field, including 61.5 percent (8-13) from beyond the three-point arc, in a 88-71 win over UW-Oshkosh in a game held Wednesday (Feb. 14) in Whitewater.

UW-Oshkosh (19-5/11-4) took its last lead of the game, 12-11 with 10:49 left in the first half on a lay-up by Dane Seckar-Anderson (So. • Oshkosh). UW-Whitewater responded by going on an 18-3 scoring run in the next 4:27 of action to take a 29-15 advantage with 6:22 left in the half.

UW-Whitewater (16-8/9-6) connected on all seven of their shots from the field, including four three-point baskets during the scoring barrage. Both teams traded baskets for the remainder of the half, as UW-Whitewater took a 37-23 cushion to the locker room.

After neither team scored for the first 2:02 of the second half, UW-Oshkosh and UW-Whitewater nearly combined to score 100 points after intermission. The Warhawks maintained at least a double-digit lead for the last 27:18 of the contest, and held off the Titans by sinking 20-out-of-24 free throws in the last 3:20 of play.

Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) led the Titans with 19 points and added five rebounds. Jordan Johnson (Jr. • Waupaca) and D.J. Marsh (Fr. • Bayside) added 11 and Seckar-Anderson came off the bench to finish with 10. Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) led the Titans with seven rebounds and three blocked shots.

Jason Price led a quartet of UW-Whitewater players in double figures as he finished with 26 points, 15 of which came from three-point land, as he connected on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor. Riley Giovanni added 15 points, Josh King 14 and Andy Freund 12. Kori Vernon led the Warhawks with six rebounds, with King adding five.

UW-Oshkosh, which entered the game ranked fifth in the NCAA Division III according to D3Hoops.com, finished the night shooting 45.3 percent (24-53) from the floor, 35.7 percent (5-14) from beyond the arc and 75 percent (18-24) from the free throw line.

The contest was marred by 47 personal fouls, 28 by the Titans. UW-Whitewater finished the night shooting 82.4 percent from the charity stripe as they connected on 28 of 34 attempts.

UW-Oshkosh won the rebounding battle, 28-24 but lost the turnover competition 11-17. The Titans finished the contest with only eight assists and three steals, whereas the Warhawks tallied 11 assists and had seven takeaways.

Titans Victorious In Regular-Season Home Finale

UW-Oshkosh moved into sole possession of second place in the WIAC with a convincing 79-61 win over UW-Stout in a men's basketball game held on Saturday (Feb. 3) in Kolf Sports Center. With the win, and a 68-65 UW-La Crosse loss to UW-Stevens Point, the Titans take a one-game lead over the Eagles in the conference race.

UW-Oshkosh (18-4/10-3 WIAC), ranked fifth in the NCAA Division III by D3Hoops.com, have now won ten of their last 13 WIAC contests to trail frontrunner UW-Stevens Point by two games in the loss column.

After UW-Stout (11-10/4-9 WIAC) took its only lead of the game 3-2 on a three point play by Jacob Nonemacher, the Titans scored 18 of the next 23 points for a 20-8 advantage with 10:55 left in the first half. UW-Oshkosh took its largest lead of the game, 36-13 with 5:20 left before intermission, before UW-Stout ended the half on a 17-7 scoring run to trail 43-30 at the break.

UW-Stout cut UW-Oshkosh's lead to eight on three occasions in the second half, the last at 47-39 with 13:07 left before the Titans went on a 13-2 scoring skein for a 60-41 advantage with 8:55 left in the game. UW-Oshkosh maintained at least a 12-point cushion the rest of the contest as the Titans won their 16th game in the last 18 attempts.

The contest marked the last home game for Chad Doedens (Cedarburg), Jim Capelle (Wisconsin Dells), Kerry Gibson (Jefferson) and Nathan Wesener (Hilbert) before the WIAC tournament. Capelle led the Titans with 24 points and added five rebounds. Gibson tallied nine points, seven rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots and Doedens pitched in seven assists and six points. D.J. Marsh (Fr. • Bayside) added 19 points and five rebounds.

Four UW-Stout players finished with double-digit points as Jacob Nonemacher had 17 points, Jason Clopton 14, J. Enerson-Matthews 13 and John Nonemacher 11. The rest of the Blue Devils only managed six points. Jacob Nonemacher completed a double-double by hauling in 10 rebounds and Jeremiah Randle dished out seven assists and Clopton snagged five steals.

UW-Oshkosh finished the contest shooting 53.2 percent (25-47) from the floor, 56.3 percent (9-16) from three-point land and 80 percent (20-25) from the charity stripe. The Titans hauled in 25 rebounds, passed off 15 assists and took home 11 steals. UW-Oshkosh won the turnover battle, 10-18.

UW-Stout ended the night shooting 42.9 percent (21-49) from the field, 35.7 percent (5-14) from beyond the arc and 82.4 percent (14-17) from the free-throw line. The Blue Devils caromed 29 rebounds, dished off 14 assists and tallied 10 steals.

Titans Roll Past Blugolds

The UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team expected to see two things during Saturday’s (Feb. 10) WIAC game at UW-Eau Claire – long-range shots flying over-head and long rebounds caroming in the other direction.

The Blugolds entered the contest attempting the third-most three-pointers in the conference and trailed only UW-Superior when it came to offensive rebounds. But the Titans showed them a thing or two about both and cleaned up for a 77-54 win, their seventh in the last eight games.

As impressive as the advantage on the scoreboard was, it didn't hold a candle to UW-Oshkosh’s edge on the glass, where it bested UW-Eau Claire 36-19, including 13-6 on the offensive board.

The Blugolds were very much alive and kicking just after the 10-minute mark, when Matt Riley dropped in a three pointer that pulled the hosts to within 15-13. From there, UW-Oshkosh (19-4/11-3), which had six turnovers at that point of the game, did not commit another miscue to close the half. This ball security lead to a 22-7 scoring run and a 37-20 advanatage at the break.

After UW-Eau Calaire (10-13/3-11) closed the deficit to 49-37, UW-Oshkosh's Matt Miller (So. • Hudson) fired his fourth three-pointer of the game to put the finishing toughes on a 12-0 scoring run by the Titans for a 61-37 lead – its biggest of the night.

Miller scored all 12 of his points from beyond the arc and was one of six Titans in double figures. D.J. Marsh (Fr. • Bayside) topped that list with 15 points, followed by Jordan Johnson (Jr. • Waupaca) with 14, Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) with 12, and Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) and Chad Doedens (Sr. • Cedarburg) with 10 each.

Jared Bardon led UW-Eau Claire with 18 points and Dan Beyer added 10, but UW-Oshkosh didn’t allow another Blugold to score more than six points.

 Titans Take Care Of Blue Devils

D.J. Marsh (Fr. • Bayside) sat at the end of the UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team’s bench, clapping along with everyone else as veterans Jim Capelle (Wisconsin Dells), Chad Doedens (Cedarburg), Kerry Gibson (Jefferson) and Nathan Wesener (Potter) – the other starters – were introduced as part of senior night.

When the introductions ended, he sat for a moment before joining his teammates in the huddle without having his name called.

Make no mistake however, by the end of the WIAC contest against UW-Stout, everyone in the gym knew the fifth Titans' starter.

Marsh tossed in 19 points, hit all three of his three-point attempts and connected on 6-of-8 shots from the field as UW-Oshkosh cruised to a 79-61 win in a game held on Saturday (Feb. 3) in Kolf Sports Center.

After 15 minutes of play, the hosts had the Blue Devils staring at a 23-point deficit that only dipped below double digits ever-so-briefly in the second half.

Almost everyone who took the court for UW-Oshkosh in the opening period had a hand in that early success, most noticeably Capelle, who notched 14 points by intermission.

After the break, the Titans had to weather just one more storm as UW-Stout whittled their deficit down to 47-39 with 12 minutes showing on the clock in the second half.

A pair of three-point baskets by Capelle and eight straight points by Marsh later in the period kept the Blue Devils firmly in the background.

Capelle finished the night with 24 points, Gibson added nine points, seven rebounds and six assists and Doedens tallied seven assists and six points.

UW-Oshkosh finished the contest shooting 53.2 percent from the floor (25-47), 56.2 percent from the three-point line (9-16) and 80 percent from the free-throw line (20-25). UW-Stout shot 42.9 percent (21-49) from the field, 35.7 percent (5-14) from beyond the arc and 82.4 percent from the charity stripe (14-17).

Eagles Oust Titans In Nationally Ranked Match-Up

Joe Werner scored 18 points and Chris Ask 16 in the second half as UW-La Crosse posted a 73-62 victory over UW-Oshkosh in a nationally-ranked men's basketball showdown held Wednesday (Jan. 31) in Kolf Sports Center.

UW-Oshkosh (17-4/9-3 WIAC) entered the contest ranked fifth in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com and UW-La Crosse (14-6/9-3 WIAC) 22nd. The loss was just UW-Oshkosh's second in 17 games, with the previous blemish being a 48-47 setback to UW-La Crosse on Jan. 10.

UW-La Crosse, which recorded its first regular season sweep of UW-Oshkosh since the 1987-88 campaign, trailed 27-22 at intermission before outscoring the Titans, 51-35, in the second half. The Eagles' big second-half performance featured 66.7 percent (18-27) shooting from the field and just three turnovers.

Werner, who played only four minutes in the first half after picking up two quick fouls, registered his 18 second-half points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 shooting from the free-throw line. He also grabbed eight rebounds and blocked one shot in the period. Werner finished the contest with 20 points and 12 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season.

Ask, who played 39 of the game's 40 minutes, tallied his 16 second-half points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 shooting from the free-throw stripe. He made four of his five three-point shots in the period while dishing off two assists. Ask ended the game with 21 points.

UW-La Crosse also received game totals of 13 points, eight assists, five steals and three rebounds from Brandon Brown and seven points from both Chris Fehrenbach and Billy Kegler.

Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead UW-Oshkosh in both categories. The Titans also received 12 points and five rebounds from Chad Doedens (Sr. • Cedarburg) and eight points, three steals and two rebounds from D.J. Marsh (Fr. • Bayside). Doedens was playing in 100th game of his UW-Oshkosh career.

UW-Oshkosh shot 43.1 percent (22-51) from the field, 33.3 percent (4-12) behind the three-point line and 70 percent (14-20) from the free-throw stripe. The Titans grabbed 30 rebounds while committing 16 turnovers.

UW-La Crosse shot 55.3 percent (26-47) from the field, with the accuracy being the highest allowed by UW-Oshkosh this season. The Eagles also shot 45.5 percent (5-11) behind the three-point arc and 72.7 percent (16-22) from the free-throw line. UW-La Crosse collected 25 rebounds and turned the basketball over 14 times.

UW-Oshkosh jumped out to a 26-15 lead with 3:18 left in the first half before UW-La Crosse pulled to within five points (27-22) at intermission. The Titans enjoyed their halftime lead despite missing 12 of its last 16 shots from the field.

UW-Oshkosh went ahead 29-22 early in the second half, but UW-La Crosse stormed back with a 16-4 scoring run to take a 38-33 lead with 13:51 to play. Following a 43-43 tie, UW-La Crosse then staged a 19-7 scoring run to take a 62-50 advantage with 2:30 left. Ask totaled 11 points and Werner eight during the Eagles' game-clinching scoring run.

Nationally Ranked Showdown Will Be First UW-Oshkosh Live Video Webcast

Fans of fifth-ranked UW-Oshkosh and 22nd-ranked UW-La Crosse can watch Wednesday's (Jan. 31) men’s basketball match-up via the Titans’ home Web site.

The 7 p.m. contest will mark the first time UW-Oshkosh has carried a live Webcast of a home sporting event. The audio and video feed will be from the play-by-play call and production efforts of Titan TV and Stretch Internet.

UW-Oshkosh enters the game with a 17-3 record, including a second place, 9-2 mark in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). UW-La Crosse is 13-6 and third in the WIAC with an 8-3 mark. It will be the second time the two teams have met. UW-La Crosse won, 48-47, on Jan. 10.

Fans must pay $8 for Wednesday’s video stream.

For best results, you should have a high-speed Internet connection. You’ll need QuickTime Player to view the Webcast. If you don’t have Quick Time, you may download it for free after clicking on “Live Video.”

UW-Oshkosh will also offer Webcasts for its men’s and women’s basketball games against UW-Stout on Feb. 3 and its women’s basketball contest against UW-Whitewater on Feb. 14. A complete schedule of UW-Oshkosh Web casts can be found on the Titans’ home Web site.

Titans Scorch Falcons

The UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team put on a sweltering first-half shooting performance and rolled to a 90-67 victory over UW-River Falls on Saturday (Jan. 27) in Kolf Sports Center.

The teams played to six ties in the first six minutes of the contest before UW-Oshkosh (17-3/9-2 WIAC) broke a 12-12 deadlock with a 24-9 scoring run to take a 36-21 lead with 7:15 left in the first half. The Titans connected on 10 of their 12 shots from the field during their scoring spree, including four of their five efforts behind the three-point line.

UW-Oshkosh, ranked eighth in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, went on to take a 52-28 lead to intermission as it shot 62.5 percent (20-32) from the field, including 75 percent (6-8) behind the three-point arc in the first half. The Titans were perfect from the free-throw line in the opening period as they made all six of their tosses.

UW-Oshkosh opened up a 53-31 lead early in the second half before UW-River Falls (9-11/4-7 WIAC) sliced its deficit to 55-41 with 17:12 left in the period. The Falcons trailed 59-45 with 14:53 to play, but the Titans scored six straight points to post a 66-45 advantage with 13:21 left. UW-Oshkosh led by 16-plus points the remainder of the game, including an 87-60 score with 4:30 to go.

It was a total team effort for UW-Oshkosh as eight players tallied six or more points, including five in double figures. Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells), who was starting his 100th straight game, led the Titans in scoring with 19 points. He also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and dished off two assists.

Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson), who was playing in his 100th consecutive game, had a monumental contest for UW-Oshkosh as totaled 11 blocked shots, 10 points, six rebounds, six assists and one steal. Gibson's double-double was his sixth of the season, with his 11 blocked shots matching a WIAC single-game record that he set against UW-Superior in December. Gibson has now blocked 328 shots in his career, the eighth-highest total in NCAA Division III history.

UW-Oshkosh also received 16 points and three steals from D.J. Marsh (Fr. • Bayside), 11 points and four assists from Chad Doedens (Sr. • Cedarburg), 10 points and three rebounds from Jordan Johnson (Jr. • Waupaca) and nine points and four assists from Matt Miller (So. • Hudson).

UW-River Falls had three double-figure scorers as Nate Robertson counted 21 points, Jontae Koonkaew 13 and Tim Pearson 11. Pearson also contributed five rebounds and three assists for a squad that dropped a 69-66 decision to UW-Oshkosh just two weeks ago in River Falls.

UW-Oshkosh finished the game shooting 51.6 percent (33-64) from the field, 61.5 percent (8-13) behind the three-point line and 80 percent (16-20) from the free-throw stripe.

UW-River Falls concluded the contest shooting 48.2 percent (27-56) from the field, including 55.2 percent (16-29) in the second half. The Falcons made six of their 12 shots (50 percent) behind the three-point arc and seven of their eight free throws (87.5 percent).

UW-Oshkosh has won 15 of its last 16 games, with its only blemish being a 48-47 loss to UW-La Crosse on Jan. 10. The two teams will meet again on Wednesday (Jan. 31) in Kolf Sports Center.

Eighth-Ranked Titans Shut Down Top-Ranked Pointers

Having appeared almost invincible during the month of January, UW-Stevens Point’s offense was finally shut down as the UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team handed the Pointers their first conference loss with a 72-55 setback in front of a sold out Quandt Fieldhouse on Wednesday (Jan. 24) in Stevens Point.

UW-Stevens Point, the top-ranked team in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, had won their past six games by an average of 34.7 points per game and were held 27 points below their season average.

The loss dropped the Pointers to 16-2 overall and 9-1 in the WIAC. Eighth-ranked UW-Oshkosh moved within one game of UW-Stevens Point for first place in the WIAC standings and improved to 16-3 overall and 8-2 in league play.

The game was played in front of a capacity crowd of 2,713 fans, but a 15-0 UW-Oshkosh scoring run in the first half and a 14-0 spurt in the second half kept the home crowd fairly quiet for much of the contest.

UW-Stevens Point had won 21 of its last 23 games against ranked teams, though one of the other losses was a defeat at UW-Oshkosh last year. It was the second time the Titans have beaten the Pointers when they were ranked No.1, handing them a similar 74-59 setback at Oshkosh in the final game of the 2004-05 regular season.

UW-Stevens Point hit three consecutive three-pointers and got an inside basket from Jerome Wotachek to take a 23-15 lead with 7:10 left in the first half. However, the Titans took over from that point as Dane Seckar-Anderson (So. • Oshkosh) scored the next six points to spark a 15-point run. UW-Stevens Point had five missed shots and four turnovers during the run that ended on a three-pointer by Pete Rortvedt with 54 seconds left in the half to pull the Pointers within 30-26 at halftime.

UW-Oshkosh led 32-30 with 17:45 remaining in the game and went on a 14-0 run with D.J. Marsh (Fr. • Bayside) and Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) scoring all 14 points. Marsh scored the final eight points of the spurt, hitting back-to-back three pointers and a driving layup for a 46-30 advantage with 13 minutes left.

UW-Stevens Point made three straight three-pointers and quickly pulled within 48-40 with 9:30 left. However, two more Marsh layups put the Titans ahead 52-42 and they led by at least 10 points the rest of the way. Marsh scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half and was seven-for-nine from the field.

The Pointers missed seven straight three-pointers and UW-Oshkosh made 11-of-12 free throws in the final two minutes to provide the final margin. UW-Stevens Point shot just 37.7 percent from the field and had 12 three-pointers and eight two-point baskets. The Titans outscored the Pointers 38-14 inside the paint as Gibson matched a season-high with 23 points while adding five blocks.

UW-Oshkosh held a commanding 39-22 rebounding advantage as three different players led the team with eight boards apiece. The Titans also shot 54.3 percent from the field. Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) added 19 points for UW-Oshkosh, while Bryan Beamish led UW-Stevens Point with 14 points.

Titans Smother Yellowjackets

The UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team marched to its 13th victory in 14 games by posting a 79-53 win over UW-Superior on Saturday (Jan. 20) in Superior.

UW-Oshkosh (15-3/7-2 WIAC), ranked 12th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, jumped to a 23-12 lead and never looked back as it held a double-digit advantage over UW-Superior (5-11/1-8 WIAC) for final 25:45 of play.

The Titans pushed their early lead to 37-20 with 3:22 left in the first half before settling for a 39-27 advantage at intermission.

Sparked by the 10 points of D.J. Marsh (Fr. • Bayside),
UW-Oshkosh opened the second half with a 22-6 scoring run to take a 61-33 lead with 11:56 left in the contest. After UW-Superior cut the Titans’ lead to 63-38, UW-Oshkosh counted 12 of the next 14 points to take a 75-40 advantage with 7:04 to play. The closest the Yellowjackets got the rest of the way was the game’s final score.

UW-Oshkosh had 12 players score points, including Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) who led the Titans with 19. Marsh, Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) and Dane Seckar-Anderson (So. • Oshkosh) added 12 points each, while Chad Doedens (Sr. • Cedarburg) contributed six.

UW-Superior, which has lost six straight games to UW-Oshkosh, had two double-figure scorers as Leonard Cobb tallied 23 points and Nick Messner 13.

UW-Oshkosh won the rebounding battle, 38-22, as Gibson collected eight rebounds and Capelle and Jordan Johnson (Jr. • Waupaca) six each. Messner grabbed seven rebounds to lead UW-Superior.

UW-Oshkosh shot 50 percent (24-48) from the field, but just 30.8 percent (4-13) behind the three-point line. The Titans made 27 of their 35 free throws (77.1 percent).

UW-Superior shot 39.6 percent (21-53) from the field after shooting just 32.1 percent (9-28) in the first half. The Yellowjackets shot 28.6 percent (4-14) beyond the three-point arc and 87.5 percent (7-8) from the free-throw line.

UW-Oshkosh had just 10 turnovers in the contest, compared to 15 for UW-Superior.

Saturday’s victory moved UW-Oshkosh into sole possession of second place in the WIAC standings. The Titans trail first place UW-Stevens Point (16-1/9-0 WIAC) by two games in the league standings. UW-Oshkosh will have an opportunity to close its deficit in the WIAC race when it plays at UW-Stevens Point on Wednesday (Jan. 24). The Pointers are currently the top-ranked team in the NCAA Division III.

Titans Win Tightly-Contested Battle With Warhawks

The UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team outscored UW-Whitewater, 10-5, in the last two minutes of play to pick up a hard-fought 65-60 victory over the Warhawks on Wednesday (Jan. 17) in Kolf Sports Center.

Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) connected on all six of his free throw attempts in the last 30 seconds of action to help the Titans pull away and hold off the defending WIAC champion Warhawks.

Trailing 33-27 at intermission, UW-Whitewater (10-6/4-4) went on a 24-11 scoring run to start the second half and take its largest lead of the game at 51-44 with 9:56 left in the contest. From there the Titans went on a 11-4 scoring run to tie the score at 55-55 for the ninth and last deadlock of the period.

Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) gave the Titans a 57-55 lead with 53 ticks left on the clock by connecting on two free throws. After UW-Oshkosh survived two missed shots by UW-Whitewater, Capelle drained two more free throws to give the Titans a 59-55 advantage with 29 seconds remaining.

After a timeout, UW-Oshkosh's Dane Seckar-Anderson (So. • Oshkosh) forced a UW-Whitewater turnover and dished off the ball to Chad Doedens (Sr. • Cedarburg) for a lay-up and a 61-55 lead with 20 seconds to play. Giovanni Riley inched the Warhawks to within 61-57 on a lay-up with 11 seconds left, before Capelle iced the game with four more free throws in the last 10 seconds of action.

The first half was tight throughout as both teams were knotted seven times, the last coming at 27-27 with 4:05 left before the break. UW-Oshkosh ended the half on a 6-0 scoring run to account for the halftime score. Capelle led the Titans at intermission with eight points, whereas all 10 UW-Whitewater players that saw action in the first half scored, led by the seven points of Jason Price.

Capelle led UW-Oshkosh with 20 points, including a perfect nine for nine from the free throw line. D.J Marsh (Fr. • Bayside) added 16 points and five rebounds and Gibson added 14 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots. Seckar-Anderson hauled in six rebounds and accounted for all four of the Titans' bench points.

Riley led UW-Whitewater with 16 points and had five rebounds and four assists. Price added 11 points and Kori Vernon tallied nine points and five rebounds. All 10 of the Warhawks that saw court time scored at least two points.

UW-Oshkosh, which entered the contest ranked 12th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, finished the game shooting 40 percent (20-50) from the field, 37-5 percent (3-8) beyond the three-point line and 88 percent (22-25) from the charity stripe.

UW-Whitewater, which has lost five of its last six games to UW-Oshkosh, shot 39.7 percent (25-63) from the field, 26.3 percent (5-19) behind the three-point arc and 62.5 percent (5-8) from the free-throw line.

UW-Oshkosh held advantages in rebounds, 40-30, assists, 10-9, blocked shots, 7-5 and steals, 8-7. UW-Whitewater won the turnover battle, 11-17.

Titans Lose Big Lead, But Rally To Edge Falcons

After holding a 16-point lead in the first half, the UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team had to rally late in the second half to claim a 69-66 victory over UW-River Falls on Saturday (Jan. 13) in River Falls.

Leading 27-11 with 9:05 left before intermission, UW Oshkosh surrendered a 13-4 scoring run as UW-River Falls clawed back to within seven at 31-24. The teams traded buckets until UW-Oshkosh's Dane Seckar-Anderson (So. • Oshkosh) hit a basket with two seconds left giving the Titans a 36-26 lead at halftime. Seckar-Anderson led the Titans with 10 points and Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) added nine in the first stanza.

UW-Oshkosh (13-3/5-2 WIAC) held a 45-33 lead with 16:25 left in the game before UW-River Falls started to chip away at the Titans' advantage. The Falcons went on a 7-0 scoring run to inch to within 45-40 and eventually pulled to within 52-49 with 11:00 left on the clock. After the Titans took a 54-49 lead, the Falcons went on an 8-2 scoring skein to take their first lead of the game at 57-56 with 7:53 left in the game.

UW-River Falls (7-9/2-5 WIAC) took its largest lead of the outing at 63-59 with 5:43 left on the clock. From there Gibson took control of the game. He stopped a 2:49 scoring drought by the Titans by canning two free throws with 4:44 left in the contest. At the 3:28 mark, he connected on a three-point play to give the Titans a one-point lead they would never relinquish. Eight of the Titans' last ten points were scored by Gibson as they ended the game on a 10-3 scoring run.

Gibson led the Titans with 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and 7-of-9 shooting from the charity stripe. He now has 1,010 points for his career. Seckar-Anderson and Jordan Johnson (Jr. • Waupaca) each finished with 12 points while Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) added 11. Gibson and Capelle each hauled in seven rebounds.

Ryan Thompson led the Falcons with 15 points while Scott Kelly and Jontae Koonkaew pitched in 14 each. Tim Pearson grabbed seven rebounds while Nate Robertson added nine points and five rebounds.

UW-Oshkosh shot 41.9 percent (26-62) from the field. The Titans made four of their 12 three-point attempts (33.3 percent) and 13 of their 16 free throws (81.3 percent).

UW-River Falls shot 47.2 percent (25-53) from the floor, 52.9 percent (9-17) behind the three-point arc and 70.0 percent (7-10) from the free-throw line.

The Titans finished the game with 34 rebounds, nine assists and only seven turnovers, while the Falcons compiled 35 rebounds, 11 assists and 13 turnovers.

20th-Ranked Eagles Put Brakes On 10th-Ranked Titans' Winning Streak

A matchup between two of the top men's basketball teams in the NCAA Division III went down to the final buzzer as 20th-ranked UW-La Crosse edged 10th-ranked UW-Oshkosh, 48-47, on Wednesday (Jan. 10) in La Crosse.

UW-La Crosse (10-4/5-1 WIAC) scored its winning points on Brandon Brown's jump shot from the lane with 18 seconds left in the contest. His basket came after UW-Oshkosh's D.J. Marsh (Fr. • Bayside) missed the front end of a bonus situation from the free-throw line with 26 seconds remaining.

UW-Oshkosh (12-3/4-2 WIAC) took the possession after Brown's basket and worked the clock down to four seconds before calling timeout. Following a UW-La Crosse timeout, UW-Oshkosh's Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) missed a jump shot with two seconds to play and the Eagles grabbed the rebound to secure the victory and snap the Titans' 10-game winning streak.

UW-La Crosse led throughout the first half, including by as many as 10 points. The Eagles led 26-18 at halftime and led 30-18 with 18:29 remaining in the game.

UW-Oshkosh cut its deficit to 33-31 with 13:35 left after a 13-3 scoring run. The Titans tied the contest at 41-41 after a Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) jump shot with 3:23 remaining, but the Eagles' Joe Werner hit a jumper to give UW-La Crosse a two-point lead with just over three minutes left. Gibson then tied it again on a dunk before Werner hit one-of-two free throws with 2:23 remaining to give UW-La Crosse a 44-43 lead.

After a UW-Oshkosh missed jumper, Werner scored on a dunk to make it a three-point game with 1:37 remaining. Capelle then hit a jumper for UW-Oshkosh with 1:20 left and later gave the Titans' their first lead of the game at 47-46 with 48 seconds remaining on a pair of free throws. After Chris Ask missed the front end of a one-and-one for UW-La Crosse with 38 seconds left, Marsh missed his free throw setting up Brown's game-winning basket.

Capelle led UW-Oshkosh with 15 points and six rebounds while Gibson had 11 points, five rebounds and four blocks. The Titans shot 37 percent from the field, including 14.3 percent (one-of-seven) from three-point range. UW-Oshkosh was 12-of-15 (80 percent) at the free-throw line.

Ask led UW-La Crosse with 13 points while Werner recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Brown finished with 10 points. UW-La Crosse shot 39.6 percent from the field, including 40 percent (two-of-five) from three-point range. The Eagles finished eight-of-12 (66.7 percent) at the free-throw line.

Titans Bounce Blugolds

The UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team had six players score in double figures for the second consecutive game as it buried UW-Eau Claire, 80-55, on Saturday (Jan. 6) in Kolf Sports Center.

UW-Oshkosh, ranked 18th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, took a 3-2 lead over UW-Eau Claire on a three-point basket by Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) 38 seconds into play and held the advantage the rest of the way.

UW-Oshkosh (12-2/4-1 WIAC) went in front 10-6 before going on a 20-4 scoring run to take a 30-10 advantage with 7:07 left in the first half. The Blugolds (7-6/1-4 WIAC) made just two of their 14 shots from the field during the Titans' scoring spree.

UW-Eau Claire, which has lost its last 13 games to UW-Oshkosh in Kolf Sports Center, cut its deficit to 30-15 before the Titans ended the final 5:58 of the first half with a 17-6 scoring run. The Titans went to intermission leading 47-21 as the Blugolds went scoreless the last 2:14 of the opening period.

Jordan Johnson (Jr. • Waupaca) tallied seven points and Dane Seckar-Anderson (So. • Oshkosh) six to help UW-Oshkosh open the second half with a 17-10 scoring run and build a 64-31 lead with 13:52 left in the game. The Titans maintained a lead of 25-plus points the rest of the contest, including a 79-45 advantage with 4:08 to play.

Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) scored 15 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked six shots to lead UW-Oshkosh in all three categories. The Titans also received 13 points and four rebounds from Johnson, 12 points and five rebounds from Seckar-Anderson, 11 points, five rebounds and three assists from Nathan Wesener (Sr. • Hilbert), 10 points and four rebounds from Capelle and 10 points, five rebounds and four assists from Chad Doedens (Sr. • Cedarburg).

Matt Riley led UW-Eau Claire in scoring with 12 points, while Dan Beyer added 10. The Blugolds also received eight points from Jared Bardon and four points and 10 rebounds from Steve Hoelzel.

UW-Oshkosh shot 49.2 percent (29-59) from the field, 33.3 percent (4-12) behind the three-point line and 85.7 percent (18-21) from the free-throw stripe. The Titans won the rebounding battle, 43-27, while committing just eight turnovers.

UW-Eau Claire shot 40 percent (24-60) from the field, but made just six of its 22 three-point attempts (27.3 percent). The Blugolds converted on only one of their six free throws (27.3 percent). UW-Eau Claire had nine turnovers in the game.

UW-Oshkosh, which was playing its sixth contest in the last 10 days, defeated UW-Eau Claire to extend its winning streak to 10 consecutive games. The Titans' winning skein is their longest since opening the 1996-97 season with 11 straight victories.

Titans Outrun High-Scoring Pioneers

Fast and furious.

That's the kind of play the UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team experienced as it defeated Grinnell College (Iowa), 123-105, on Thursday (Jan. 4) in Kolf Sports Center.

Grinnell College has entertained basketball fans the past two decades with an up-tempo system that revolves around creating turnovers and taking a multitude of three-point shots. The unusual system has drawn nationwide attention for producing 100-point performances and Thursday's game for the Pioneers against UW-Oshkosh was no different.

UW-Oshkosh (11-2), ranked 18th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, tied its third-highest scoring performance in school history by shooting 68.1 percent (49-72) from the field and 78.1 percent (25-32) from the free throw line. The Titans missed both of their three-point shots to snap a string of 207 consecutive games with at least one three-point basket.

UW-Oshkosh had six players score in double figures, including D.J. Marsh (Fr • Bayside) who counted 24 points to surpass his career high for the second consecutive game. Marsh made eight of his 12 shots from the field and eight of his 11 tosses from the free-throw line. He also grabbed three rebounds and dished off three assists to help the Titans win their ninth straight game and oust their first-time opponent.

In addition to Marsh, the Titans had Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) score 19 points, Chad Doedens (Sr. • Cedarburg) 15, Ryan Johnsen (Jr. • Greendale) a career-high 14, Dane Seckar-Anderson (So. • Oshkosh) a career-best 12 and Jordan Johnson (Jr. • Waupaca) 11. Gibson also collected 13 rebounds and blocked two shots, while Johnson grabbed nine rebounds and dished off six assists.

Grinnell College, which entered the contest averaging 121.1 points to rank second in the NCAA Division III, had four players score in double figures. John Grotberg led the Pioneers with 31 points, including six three-point baskets, while David Arseneault added 25, Doug Ticus 15 and Bobby Long 12. Grotberg is now averaging 31.3 points per game, a mark that currently makes him the nation's top scorer in all three NCAA divisions.

Grinnell College (4-5) finished the game shooting 36.5 percent (31-85) from the field, including 33.3 percent (17-55) behind the three-point line. The Pioneers, playing their first game in nearly three weeks, connected on 26 of their 32 free throws (81.3 percent).

UW-Oshkosh, which seized 53 of the game's 85 rebounds, jumped to a 16-4 lead before four consecutive three-point baskets by Grinnell College tied the score with 14:53 left in the first half. The Titans bounced back from a 21-20 deficit with a 16-5 scoring run to take a 36-26 lead with 9:44 remaining in the opening period. UW-Oshkosh went to intermission leading 75-51 as it outscored Grinnell College, 29-11, the final 5:24 of action.

UW-Oshkosh opened the second half with a 14-9 scoring run to take an 89-60 advantage with 16:21 left in the game. The Pioneers cut their deficit to 109-92 with 6:45 remaining, but a quick 14-5 scoring run boosted the Titans' advantage to 123-97 with 3:36 to play. Grinnell College made UW-Oshkosh's winning margin 18 points by scoring the final eight points of the contest.

Starters Key Titans' Win Over 21st-Ranked Pioneers

The UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team had all five starters score in double figures as it defeated nationally-ranked UW-Platteville, 79-58, on Tuesday (Jan. 2) in Kolf Sports Center.

D.J. Marsh (Fr. • Bayside) tallied a career-high 18 points to lead UW-Oshkosh's offensive production, while Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) added 12, Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) and Jordan Johnson (Jr. • Waupaca) 11 each and Chad Doedens (Sr. • Cedarburg) 10. Johnson scored all 11 of his points in the first half, while Marsh counted 13 of his 18 points in the second to help the Titans extend their winning streak to eight consecutive games.

UW-Platteville (7-4/2-2 WIAC), ranked 21st in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, led 20-16 before UW-Oshkosh (10-2/3-1 WIAC) closed the final 7:26 of the first half with a 21-2 scoring run. The Pioneers, who missed all five of their shots from the field and committed five turnovers during UW-Oshkosh's half-ending scoring spree, went to intermission trailing 37-22.

UW-Oshkosh shot an impressive 62.5 percent (15-24) from the field in the first half, compared to just 29.2 percent (7-24) for UW-Platteville. The Titans had assists on 13 of their 15 baskets in the opening period, including a minimum of one by eight different players.

In the second half, UW-Oshkosh shot 57.1 percent (12-21) from the field and converted on 17 of its 22 free throws (77.3 percent) to own a lead of at least 15 points the entire period. The Titans' largest advantage of the contest was 23 points, a 72-49 count with 4:56 to play.

UW-Platteville, which had two starters (Mark Gossens and Jeff Skemp) miss the game due to injuries, was led in scoring by the 14 points of Mike Shaw, 11 of Curt Hansen and nine of Charlie Lohoff.

UW-Oshkosh finished the contest shooting a season-high 60 percent (27-45) from the field. The Titans also shot 50 percent (7-14) behind the three-point line and 78.3 percent (18-23) from the free-throw stripe. UW-Oshkosh has now made a three-point basket in each of its last 207 games.

UW-Platteville concluded the game shooting a season-low 32.1 percent (18-56) from the field. The Pioneers also shot 40 percent (8-20) beyond the three-point arc and 73.7 percent (14-19) from the free-throw line.

The Titans had a 39-25 advantage in rebounds as Capelle collected 10 to record his third career double-double. UW-Oshkosh also received five rebounds from Marsh and four each from Gibson and Dane Seckar-Anderson (So. • Oshkosh). Lohoff seized five rebounds to lead UW-Platteville, while Hanson, Shaw and Kyle Tetschlag grabbed four each.

UW-Oshkosh had 13 turnovers in the contest and UW-Platteville 10. The Titans went without a turnover from the 11:14 mark of the first half to the 11:16 mark of the second.

Titans Silence Thunder

Matt Miller (So. • Hudson) made five consecutive three-point shots within a four-minute span of the first half to propel the UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team to an 80-50 win over Tri-State University (Ind.) in a quarterfinal round contest of the Clarke College Holiday Tournament held Thursday (Dec. 28) in Dubuque, Iowa.

UW-Oshkosh (7-2) advances to meet Cardinal Stritch University or Concordia University (Neb.) in the semifinal round of the eight-team tournament at 8 p.m. on Saturday (Dec. 30).

UW-Oshkosh took a 3-0 lead over Tri-State University (5-3) just 19 seconds into play and built a 12-7 advantage before Miller wooed the crowd by scoring 15 of the Titans' next 17 points.

Miller gave UW-Oshkosh a 15-7 lead on his three-point basket with 13:30 remaining in the first half. He then drained his next four three-point shots, with the final conversion giving the Titans a 29-9 advantage with 9:54 left in the period. The teams exchanged baskets the rest of the first half as the Titans took a 37-16 lead to intermission.

UW-Oshkosh opened the second half with a 16-2 scoring run, including three three-point baskets by Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells), to take a 53-18 lead with 15:37 left in the contest. The Titans' largest advantage the rest of the game was a 65-28 count with 10:13 to play.

Miller scored a game-high 15 points as UW-Oshkosh extended its winning streak to five straight contests. The Titans also received 14 points from Capelle, eight from Dane Seckar-Anderson (So. • Oshkosh) and seven from Jordan Johnson (Jr. • Waupaca).

Glen Alfieri scored 11 points to lead Tri-State University, while Tony Benford tallied nine and Josh Dittman and Maurice Brookins six each.

UW-Oshkosh shot 43.1 percent (28-65) from the field and 63.6 percent (14-22) from the free-throw line. The Titans made a season-high 10 three-point shots in 21 attempts (47.6 percent) to help defeat their first-time opponent.

Tri-State University shot just 33.9 percent (19-56) from the field, including 20 percent (4-20) behind the three-point arc. The Thunder shot 61.5 percent (8-13) from the free-throw line.

UW-Oshkosh, which turned the basketball over 14 times, collected a season-high 51 rebounds. Johnson and Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) grabbed eight rebounds each to lead the Titans, while Capelle grabbed seven and Luke Miller (Fr. • Elk Grove Village, Ill.) five.

Tri-State University, which committed 18 turnovers, totaled 36 rebounds. Alfieri seized nine rebounds to lead the Thunder, while Matt Scudder grabbed eight.

Late Scoring Run Lifts Titans Past Pioneers

Matt Miller (So. • Hudson) counted nine points during a late 29-8 scoring run as UW-Oshkosh defeated Carroll College, 78-59, in a non-conference men's basketball contest held Wednesday (Dec. 20) in Kolf Sports Center.

UW-Oshkosh (6-2), which conquered its third opponent from the Midwest Conference in five days, held a 49-46 advantage before scoring 29 of the next 37 points to take a 78-54 lead with 2:47 to play. In addition to Miller's nine points, UW-Oshkosh's scoring run also included the seven points of both Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) and Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson).

The Titans made 11 of their 19 shots from the field and collected four offensive rebounds during their victory-clinching scoring spree, while the Pioneers misfired on 10 of their 13 shots from the field and turned the basketball over four times.

Carroll College, which hadn't played since trouncing Beloit College, 103-59, on Dec. 6, took advantage of four three-point baskets from Ryan Mueller and two from Nathan Drury to take a 33-23 lead with 7:10 left in the first half. The Titans bounced back from its 10-point deficit with a 16-5 scoring run to post a 39-38 lead at intermission.

Mueller made all five of his three-point shots to lead Carroll College (4-4) at halftime with 17 points. Drury contributed 12 points for the Pioneers in the opening period, including 10 in the first six minutes of action. The Titans had seven players score between three and seven points in the first half.

Capelle and Gibson both scored 16 points in the game to lead UW-Oshkosh, while Miller tallied 12 and Dane Seckar-Anderson (So. • Oshkosh) 10. Gibson and D.J. Marsh (Fr. • Bayside) grabbed eight rebounds each as the Titans won the rebounding battle, 41-22. UW-Oshkosh also benefited from the seven points, six assists and five rebounds of Jordan Johnson (Jr. • Waupaca) and the seven points and five rebounds of Nathan Wesener (Sr. • Hilbert) off the bench.

Mueller finished the game for Carroll College with 21 points, two rebounds and two steals. The Pioneers also received 17 points, three rebounds and two steals from Drury and five points, three assists and two rebounds from Adam Ligocki.

UW-Oshkosh shot 51.7 percent (31-60) from the field, including 54.8 percent (17-31) in the first half. The Titans made six of their 11 (54.5 percent) three-point shots and 10 of their 12 (83.3 percent) free throws. UW-Oshkosh extended its string of consecutive games with a three-point basket to 203.

Carroll College, which entered the game averaging 92.4 points per contest, shot 37.7 percent (20-53) from the field. The Pioneers drained nine of their 19 three-point shots (47.4 percent) and 10 of their 13 (76.9 percent) free throws.

UW-Oshkosh had 14 turnovers in the contest, compared to 12 for Carroll College.

Titans Oust Ninth-Ranked Vikings

The UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team scored points on its last 14 possessions of the game to pull away and upset nationally-ranked Lawrence University, 88-75, on Monday (Dec. 18) in Kolf Sports Center.

UW-Oshkosh (5-2) led 44-36 at halftime and held a 55-45 advantage before Lawrence University (4-3), the ninth-ranked team in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, staged a 15-4 scoring run to take a 60-59 lead with 8:24 left in the contest.

UW-Oshkosh then took its next 14 possessions and produced a game-ending 29-15 scoring run, including a string of 12 consecutive points that gave the Titans an 82-67 lead with 59 seconds left in the contest. UW-Oshkosh finished the game with great perfection as it made its last seven shots from the field, including one three-point basket, and all 14 of its free throws.

The teams played to six ties in the opening minutes of action, with the latest being a 19-19 count with 9:23 left in the first half. Lawrence University then took a 23-22 lead before UW-Oshkosh put together a 14-2 scoring run to take a 36-25 advantage with 3:19 remaining in the period.

UW-Oshkosh had five double-figure scorers in the contest as Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) tallied 18 points, Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) 16, Chad Doedens (Sr. • Cedarburg) and D.J. Marsh (Fr. • Bayside) 15 and Jordan Johnson (Jr. • Waupaca) 14.

Capelle added eight rebounds and four assists for the Titans, while Gibson contributed seven rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. Gibson established a WIAC record in the contest by blocking the 275th shot of his 87-game UW-Oshkosh career. The previous WIAC record was 274 blocked shots, a mark set by UW-Eau Claire's Mike Ratliff from 1969-72.

Ryan Kroeger totaled 20 points and five rebounds to lead Lawrence University, while Ben Rosenblatt compiled 15 points and five rebounds and Matt Osland 12 points and four rebounds. The Vikings also received nine points and seven rebounds from Andy Hurley.

UW-Oshkosh shot a season-high 58.7 percent (27-46) from the field, including 62.1 percent (18-29) in the first half. The Titans made 30 of their 37 free throws (81.1 percent), including 24 of 28 charity tosses (85.7 percent) in the second half. UW-Oshkosh drained four of its nine three-point shots (44.4 percent).

Lawrence University shot 47.5 percent (28-59) from the field, including 59.3 percent (16-27) in the first half. The Vikings also shot 78.9 percent (15-19) from the free-throw line and 33.3 percent (4-12) behind the three-point arc.

UW-Oshkosh, which snapped a three-game losing streak to Lawrence University, turned the basketball over just three times. Lawrence University committed 11 turnovers while conquering the rebounding competition, 34-25.

Titans Trip Green Knights

On any other night, UW-Oshkosh head men’s basketball coach Ted Van Dellen would look at a stat sheet that showed a 50 percent conversion rate at the free-throw line and try to keep down his lunch.

Fortunately for the Titans – and Van Dellen’s gastro intestinal tract – they were able to rise above that wretched performance and visiting St. Norbert College to snag a 64 52 win Saturday (Dec. 16) in Kolf Sports Center.

“The big frustration tonight was those doggone free throws,” Van Dellen said. “There’s not much you can do to fix that. We just need to step up and knock them down, be a little tougher between the ears. It looked like we were trying to wish them in.”

More often than not, those requests weren’t answered, but they didn’t need to be thanks to a performance that was literally head and shoulders above the visiting Green Knights.

With its tallest player topping out at 6-foot-6, St. Norbert College would have needed a stepladder to go eye-to-eye with UW-Oshkosh’s 7-1 center Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson), who wouldn’t have known he was even being guarded if not for the contact he absorbed while tossing in six of his game-high 15 points in the first five minutes.

An emphatic slam capped the early success and gave the Titans (4-2) an early 10-2 edge, but it was also the last points Gibson scored until after the four-minute mark. In the meantime, the Green Knights (2-5) found their range and took a 22-21 lead.

The advantage was short-lived, however, thanks in part to UW-Oshkosh’s first man off the bench, Jordan Johnson (Jr. • Waupaca), who scored nine of his season-high 14 points in the first half and treated his body with the kind of reckless abandonment usually reserved for a mosh pit.

“That’s part of my role coming off the bench, to give these guys a spark, Johnson said. “I just do the best I can when I get out there because the guys expect that and know I’ll help them pick it up a little bit.”

In the second half, with St. Norbert College down only six at 38-32, one of Johnson’s freight-train trips to the hoop ended in a three-point play and kicked off a 16-3 Titan run that included a couple triples from backup point guard Matt Miller (So. • Hudson), who spelled a flu-ridden Chad Doedens (Sr. • Cedarburg).

That Miller was able to pick up the slack for the usual starter was no surprise on a night when the bench played a monster role for UW-Oshkosh, which apparently doesn’t believe in a holiday break, proved by a stretch that sees it play three games in five nights.

Titans Knock Off Blue Devils

Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) scored 28 points to tie a career high as the UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team defeated UW-Stout, 64-50, on Saturday (Dec. 9) in Menomonie.

Capelle, who was starting his 85th consecutive game for the Titans, made eight of his 21 shots from the field, including four three-point baskets, and all eight of his free throws. His performance also featured three assists, three rebounds and one steal.

UW-Oshkosh (3-2/2-1 WIAC) also benefited from the 11 points and two steals of Matt Miller (So. • Hudson), eight points and six rebounds of Chad Doedens (Sr. • Cedarburg) and the six points, seven rebounds and four assists of Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson).

UW-Stout (4-2/2-2 WIAC), which participated in the NCAA Division III Championship a year ago, was led by the 17 points and three assists of Jerrel Enerson-Matthews and the 10 points and eight rebounds of Jacob Nonemacher.

UW-Oshkosh made its first four shots from the field, including a three-point basket by Capelle, to take a 9-0 lead 2:48 into play. The Titans increased their advantage to 13-3 before the Blue Devils went on a 17-6 scoring run to go ahead 20-19 with 7:07 left in the first half. UW-Stout had seven different players tally points during their scoring spree.

UW-Oshkosh bounced back from its only deficit of the game by going on a 13-2 scoring run to take a 32-23 lead with 3:28 remaining in the first half. The Titans went to intermission leading 34-28 as Capelle paced the Titans with 12 first-half points.

Capelle added 16 more points in the second half to help UW-Oshkosh maintain a lead of six-plus points the entire period. The Titans extended their halftime advantage to 51-38 before the Blue Devils sliced their deficit to 54-46 on a basket by Nonemacher with 3:59 left in the game. Capelle then hit a three-point basket with 3:20 remaining, and with the assistance of an UW-Stout technical foul, drained four straight free throws with 2:31 left to give UW-Oshkosh its largest lead of the game at 61-46. The teams exchanged baskets the rest of the way as UW-Oshkosh gained revenge for a pair of losses to UW-Stout a year ago.

UW-Oshkosh won the contest despite shooting a season-low 39.6 percent (21-53) from the field. The Titans made seven of their 20 three-point shots (35 percent) and 15 of their 19 free throws (78.9 percent).

UW-Stout shot 45.8 percent (22-48) from the field. The Blue Devils converted on four of their seven three-point shots (57.1 percent) and two of their five three throws (40 percent). UW-Stout didn't attempt a free throw in the second half.

UW-Oshkosh out-rebounded UW-Stout, 33-27, and committed just 10 turnovers.

Titans Fall To Bluejays On Late Three-Point Basket

Ryan Burks' three-point basket with seven seconds left in the game gave the Elmhurst College (Ill.) men's basketball team a 55-52 victory over UW-Oshkosh on Tuesday (Dec. 5) in Elmhurst, Ill.

UW-Oshkosh (2-2) had a chance to send the non-conference contest to overtime, but Jordan Johnson's (Jr. • Waupaca) three-point shot at the final horn fell short.

Burks got things going for Elmhurst College (4-1) right from the opening tip as he scored eight points to help the Bluejays take a 20-12 lead at the 9:04 mark of the first half.

UW-Oshkosh bounced back to take a 25-24 advantage as Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) made a layup with 29 seconds left in the opening period to cap a 13-4 scoring run. The Titans' first advantage of the game lasted only 28 seconds as the Bluejays' Brian Lee made a layup with one second left in the first half.

UW-Oshkosh opened the second half with an 11-4 scoring run to take a 36-30 lead with 15:29 to play. Elmhurst College then put together a 14-4 scoring spree to go ahead 44-40 before UW-Oshkosh staged an 8-1 scoring spurt to take a 48-45 advantage with 6:09 left in the contest.

Following a 50-50 tie that lasted nearly a minute, Gibson gave the Titans a 52-50 lead on a dunk with 3:13 to play. Gibson's dunk was UW-Oshkosh's last score of the game as the Titans missed three shots and turned the basketball over twice the rest of the contest.

Elmhurst College tied the score at 52-52 on a jump shot by Nick Michael with 2:49 remaining to play. Burks' game-winning basket was set up by a missed three-point shot by UW-Oshkosh's Capelle with 45 seconds left. The second half featured four ties and eight lead changes.

UW-Oshkosh had three double-figure scorers in the contest as Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) counted 12 points, Jim Capelle 11 and Chad Doedens (Sr. • Cedarburg) 10.

Burks led all scorers with 21 points, including 15 on 5-of-7 shooting behind the three-point line. The Bluejays also received 12 points from Brent Ruch and nine from Brian Lee.

UW-Oshkosh shot 48.8 percent (21-43) from the field, including 56.3 percent (9-16) in the first half. The Titans made only one of their five three-point shots (20 percent) and nine of their 13 free throws (69.2 percent).

Elmhurst College, a first-time opponent of UW-Oshkosh, shot 44 percent (22-50) from the field. The Bluejays sank five of their 10 three-point shots (50 percent) and six of their nine free throws (66.7 percent).

The contest featured just 52 rebounds, with UW-Oshkosh winning the competition, 28-24. Capelle led the Titans with seven rebounds, while Gibson, who also had four blocked shots, and Dane Seckar-Anderson (So. • Oshkosh) collected five. Ruch grabbed six rebounds to lead the Bluejays, while Burks secured four.

Elmhurst College committed 12 turnovers in the game and UW-Oshkosh 16.

Gibson, Titans Swat Yellowjackets

A WIAC record-breaking performance by Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) helped the UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team clobber UW-Superior, 76-44, on Saturday (Dec. 2) in Kolf Sports Center.

Gibson tallied the first triple-double of his 83-game UW-Oshkosh career by scoring 13 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking a WIAC-record 11 shots. He also dished off three assists to help the Titans post their fifth straight win over the Yellowjackets.

UW-Oshkosh (2-1/1-1 WIAC), ranked 19th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, had 12 players score points. In addition to Gibson, the Titans had Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) tally a game-high 18 points, Chad Doedens (Sr. • Cedarburg) 10 and Dane Seckar-Anderson (So. • Oshkosh) eight.

The Titans committed just 10 turnovers in the game and won the rebounding battle, 44-30. Gibson's 11 rebounds were followed by the eight of Capelle and the five of Jordan Johnson (Jr. • Waupaca). Capelle, Doedens and Johnson each dished off four assists.

James Nobles scored 10 points and collected 12 rebounds to secure a double-double for UW-Superior. The Yellowjackets also had Dwight Hill score 13 points, Brandon Ely 10 and Lamar Burton-Norman nine. Ely also totaled six rebounds and three assists. Leonard Cobb, who entered the game averaging 18.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, was held to just two points and four rebounds in 19 minutes of action. UW-Superior's bench did not score a point and only had two rebounds in the game.

UW-Oshkosh built a 32-18 lead at intermission as Gibson totaled seven points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots. The Titans tallied 27 of the game's first 34 points before the Yellowjackets staged an 11-5 scoring run over the final 5:20 of the first half.

UW-Oshkosh scored eight of the first 10 points of the second half and maintained a lead of 20-plus points for the final 12:17 of play. The Titans' largest advantage of the second half was the game's final score.

UW-Oshkosh shot 50 percent (31-62) from the field, including 64.3 percent (18-28) in the second half. The Titans made five of their 11 three-point shots (45.5 percent) and nine of their 14 free throws (64.3 percent).

UW-Superior shot just 30.4 percent (17-56) from the field. The Yellowjackets made just six of their 18 three-point shots (33.3 percent) and only four of their eight free throws (50 percent). UW-Superior turned the basketball over 14 times.

J.J. Jumper To Visit Kolf Sports Center

J.J. Jumper, the official basketball mascot of the NCAA, will visit UW-Oshkosh's basketball doubleheader against UW-Superior on Saturday (Dec. 2) in Kolf Sports Center.

J.J. Jumper's purpose is to increase enthusiasm and awareness of NCAA Basketball, while engaging and educating youth on healthy physical, emotional and educational values. J.J.'s mission is to represent both genders and all races.

J.J. Jumper is an attention-getting six-foot, five-inch green creature with orange hair, size 26 shoes and a big heart that motivates youth to do their best on and off the court. J.J. appears at men's and women's basketball games, giving away NCAA Basketball promotional items and performing skits during timeouts and/or halftime.

The 2006-07 basketball season is the seventh for J.J. Jumper. During the past six seasons, J.J. has made more than 350 visits at NCAA institutions, appearing at almost 650 basketball games. J.J. performs at regular season basketball games in all three NCAA divisions, conference tournaments and all NCAA basketball championships.

J.J. Jumper's appearance in Kolf Sports Center is also a part of the NCAA's Take A Kid To The Game Program. Kids, ages 12 and under, will receive FREE ADMISSION to the basketball doubleheader with the purchase of an adult ticket. Ticket prices for the doubleheader are $9 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $4 for students (elementary through high school). UW-Oshkosh students will be admitted FREE with their university identification card.

UW-Oshkosh's basketball doubleheader against UW-Superior begins at 1 p.m. with the men's game and concludes at 3 p.m. with the women's contest.

Ninth-Ranked Pointers Shoot Their Way Past Titans

The UW-Stevens Point men's basketball team committed just two turnovers and used a prolific shooting performance to earn an 89-76 victory over UW-Oshkosh on Wednesday (Nov. 29) in Kolf Sports Center. It was the 2006-07 WIAC opener for both squads.

UW-Stevens Point, ranked ninth in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, shot 56.5 percent behind the three-point arc as it made 13 baskets in 23 attempts. The nation’s top free-throw shooting team of a year ago also made 20 of its 22 free-throws (90.9 percent), including 16 of its 17 attempts in the second half.

UW-Stevens Point (4-0/1-0 WIAC), which finished the game shooting 51.9 percent (28-54) from the field, defeated a ranked opponent for the 19th time in 21 tries with its victory over the 19th-ranked Titans. It was the Pointers’ third road win over a ranked foe this season, having also defeated Carroll College and Lawrence University.

Pete Rortvedt led UW-Stevens Point's shooting barrage by hitting his first three three-point attempts and scoring 11 points in the first 7:03 of the game. The Pointers led 21-20 with 7:35 left in the first half before an eight-point scoring run gave them a nine point lead at 29-20. UW-Stevens Point went to intermission leading 38-29.

UW-Oshkosh (1-1/0-1 WIAC) closed to within 45-42 on a pair of Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) free throws and trailed 47-44 with 12:38 left before Jon Krull and Steve Hicklin hit back-to-back three-pointers to push the Pointers’ lead back to nine points. Bryan Beamish added a three-point play to make it 56-44 and finish a 9-0 scoring run.

UW-Oshkosh came no closer than nine points the rest of the way as the Pointers finished the game by making seven straight free throws.

Capelle led the Titans in scoring with 23 points, while Chad Doedens (Sr. • Cedarburg) added 15, D.J. Marsh (Fr. • Bayside) 13 and Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) 12. Gibson also totaled 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots, while Jordan Johnson (Jr. • Waupaca) came off the bench to score one point and collect six rebounds.

UW-Stevens Point had all five starters score in double figures. Rortvedt finished with 21 points, while Hicklin had 19, Krull 17 and Bryan Beamish and Khalifa El-Amin 10 each. Rortvedt and Hicklin each hit five three pointers. Krull now has 1,004 career points and became the 26th player in UW-Stevens Point history to surpass the 1,000-point mark. Krull's performance against the Titans also included six rebounds, four assists and four steals.

UW-Oshkosh, which out-rebounded UW-Stevens Point, 34-20, turned the basketball over 14 times. The Titans shot 47.1 percent (24-51) from the field, 35.3 percent (6-17) behind the three-point line and 81.5 percent (22-27) from the free-throw stripe.

Titans Register Another Season-Opening Victory

Kerry Gibson (Sr. • Jefferson) scored 20 points and Jim Capelle (Sr. • Wisconsin Dells) 16 as the UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team opened its 2006-07 season with an 82-56 victory over Edgewood College on Tuesday (Nov. 21) in Madison.

Gibson made eight of his 11 shots from the field and all four of his free throws to reach 20 points in a contest for the sixth time in his 81-game UW-Oshkosh career. Gibson's performance also included seven rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.

Capelle converted on six of his eight shots from the field, including one three-point basket, and three of his six free throws. Capelle also collected six rebounds and dished off three assists to help UW-Oshkosh record its 21st season-opening victory in 23 years.

Gibson and Capelle received additional support from teammates Jordan Johnson (Jr. • Waupaca) and Dane Seckar-Anderson (So. • Oshkosh). Johnson totaled nine points, two rebounds and two assists, while Seckar-Anderson compiled nine points and three rebounds.

Chris DeMarco scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead Edgewood College (1-1), while Charlie Averkamp tallied nine points and nine rebounds.

Led by Gibson's six points, UW-Oshkosh jumped to an 18-8 lead eight minutes into play. Edgewood College cut its deficit to 18-11 before the Titans ended the first half with a 20-10 scoring run. The Titans' half-ending scoring spree included five points by Capelle and four each by Gibson, Johnson and Seckar-Anderson.

UW-Oshkosh scored the first four points of the second half and maintained a lead of 20-plus points for the final 17:16 of play. The Titans' largest advantage of the second half was 30 points, an 82-52 count with 1:01 left in the game. Gibson tallied 10 points and Capelle nine as UW-Oshkosh outscored Edgewood College, 44-35, in the second half.

UW-Oshkosh (1-0) shot 57.7 percent (30-52) from the field, including 63 percent (17-27) in the first half. The Titans made only four of their 11 three-point shots (36.4 percent) and just 18 of their 28 free throws (64.3 percent). UW-Oshkosh turned the basketball over nine times while collecting 35 of the game's 63 rebounds.

Edgewood College, which suffered its 13th loss to UW-Oshkosh in 14 meetings, shot just 38 percent (19-50) from the field. The Eagles made just four of their 13 three-point shots (30.8 percent) and only 14 of their 26 free throws (53.8 percent).

Titans' 2006-07 Preview

With players who have combined to start a total of 281 collegiate games, head coach Ted Van Dellen believes that his 17th UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team is poised to make another upper-division finish in the WIAC standings this winter.

Van Dellen, who owns a 278-150 record as the longest-tenured active head coach in the WIAC, welcomes back eight of his 10 lettermen from last year’s squad that compiled a 17-9 record and finished fourth in the league’s championship race with a 10-6 mark. UW-Oshkosh, which captured a share of the WIAC title in 2002, has won a minimum of 17 games nine times in the past 11 years.

The senior quartet of forward Jim Capelle (Wisconsin Dells), guard Chad Doedens (Cedarburg), center Kerry Gibson (Jefferson) and forward Nathan Wesener (Potter) will be the heart and soul of UW-Oshkosh’s offensive and defensive strategies this season. Together, they have started 250 games for the Titans the past three years.

Capelle, who has started all 80 games that he has played in for UW-Oshkosh, received All-WIAC first team honors in 2004 and 2005. Last season, Capelle averaged 13.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while shooting 89.5 percent from the free throw line. He reached double-figure scoring in 21 of the Titans’ 26 games last year, including 27 in UW-Oshkosh’s 70-67 overtime loss to UW-La Crosse in the quarterfinal round of the WIAC Tournament. In 2005, Capelle also earned NCAA Division III All-West Region third team accolades by D3hoops.com after averaging 14.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest. He enters the 2007 campaign with 1,123 career points, the 13th-highest total in UW-Oshkosh history.

Doedens, who has started 77 games for the Titans, averaged 5.2 points, 3.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game last season while shooting 83.8 percent from the free throw line. He scored a season-high 13 points twice last year, with the first occurrence being in UW-Oshkosh’s 82-75 overtime loss to nationally-ranked Lawrence University in the season opener.

Gibson, a 7-foot-1 specimen who owns 73 career starts, averaged 11.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.9 rebounds per game last season while shooting 52.6 percent from the field. He scored at least 10 points and grabbed at least seven rebounds in the same game 12 times last year, including a career-high 27 points and seven rebounds in the Titans’ overtime loss to Lawrence University. Gibson enters the season with 781 career points and 248 career blocked shots. He needs just 27 blocked shots this year to set a WIAC career record.

Wesener, who has 20 career starts on his resume, averaged 4.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season while shooting 60.3 percent from the field. He counted a career-high 13 points in UW-Oshkosh’s 59-49 loss to eventual WIAC champion UW-Whitewater.

Another UW-Oshkosh veteran returning with previous starting experience is forward Jordan Johnson (Jr. • Waupaca). Johnson started five of the 26 games that he played in last season and averaged 2.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He scored a career high 10 points in the Titans’ 80-66 victory over UW-Platteville a year ago.

Other lettermen back from last year’s team are guard Huston Sprang (So. • Manitowoc), guard Matt Miller (So. • Hudson) and forward Jordan Wypiszynski (Jr. • Ashwaubenon). Miller played in all 26 games for the Titans last season and averaged 4.9 points while shooting 43.6 percent beyond the three-point line.

Returning to UW-Oshkosh after playing the 2006 campaign at Edgewood College is guard Ryan Johnsen (Jr. • Greendale). Johnsen started all 26 games for the Eagles last year and averaged 11.1 points per game. He earned a varsity letter for the Titans in 2005 after averaging 1.3 points and 1.0 rebounds per contest.

Significant additions for UW-Oshkosh’s upcoming season are freshman forward D.J. Marsh of Bayside (Nicolet High School), sophomore forward Dane Seckar-Anderson of Oshkosh (Oshkosh West High School) and freshman guard Ryan Thomas of Glendale (Nicolet High School). Seckar-Anderson transfers to UW-Oshkosh after averaging 2.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in 19 games played for the University of North Dakota a year ago. Marsh was a member of the UW-Oshkosh program last season, but was unable to play due to an injury.

Rounding out the roster for this year's team are freshmen guards Cam Curtin of Sturgeon Bay (Sturgeon Bay High School), Matt Dirkmann of Mishicot (Mishicot High School), Derek Khan of Greenfield (Greenfield High School) and Ryan Thomas of Glendale (Nicolet High School) and freshmen forwards Mike Higgins of Pembine (Niagara High School), Luke Miller of Elk Grove Village, Ill. (Elk Grove High School) and John Polkowski of Goodman (Goodman High School).