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2007-08 UW-Oshkosh Men's Basketball News

 

Marsh Named To All-WIAC First Team

The UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team placed one player on the 2007-08 All-WIAC first team. D.J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) earned the honor by a vote of the league’s nine head coaches.

Marsh, who started all 26 games for the Titans, averaged a team-leading 17.1 points per contest. His scoring output ranked fifth in the WIAC. He also grabbed 6.6 rebounds per game and shot 82.2 percent from the free-throw line. The 6-foot-4 forward shot 50.3 percent from the field while accumulating 53 assists and 31 steals. 

Marsh posted a double-digit scoring total in 22 of UW-Oshkosh’s 26 games this past year. He eclipsed the 20-point mark on 12 occasions, including a career-best 33 in the Titans’ 67-66 WIAC Tournament loss to UW-Superior on Feb. 25. Marsh also grabbed a personal-high 13 rebounds in the contest. He amassed one other double-double during the year with a 16-point, 10-rebound performance in UW-Oshkosh’s 78-61 victory over UW-Stout on Feb. 2. Marsh also led the Titans to an 81-68 win over UW-La Crosse on Jan. 19 by scoring 30 points and grabbing seven rebounds while hitting 14-of-15 shots at the free-throw line.

Marsh was a starter in all 27 games for UW-Oshkosh during the 2006-07 season. He averaged 10.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game that season while hitting 42.3 percent of his three-point attempts.

Marsh’s career totals in two years include 726 points, 259 rebounds, 80 assists, 55 steals and 50.7 percent accuracy from the field. He received a medical hardship while attending UW-Oshkosh during the 2005-06 season.

The Titans also had Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca), Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) and Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh) earn All-WIAC honorable mention status.

Johnson averaged a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game this past year, finishing just one board shy of winning the WIAC rebounding crown. He also scored 10.3 points per contest and led UW-Oshkosh with 67 assists and 41 steals. Johnson put together six double-doubles in 2007-08, including a 13-point, 14-rebound effort in a 77-67 loss to UW-Superior on Feb. 23 and a 15-point, 13-rebound performance in the Titans’ 81-68 victory over UW-La Crosse on Jan. 19.

Miller was the conference’s leader in both free-throw percentage (89.5 percent) and three-point field goals made (90). He finished the 2007-08 season hitting 43.1 percent of his attempts from long range while scoring 16.2 points per game. Miller also totaled 48 assists and 28 steals. He scored more than 20 points in a game eight times, including 29 with seven three-point baskets in the Titans’ 78-61 victory over UW-Stout on Feb. 2.

Seckar-Anderson was one of five players to start all 26 games for UW-Oshkosh in 2007-08. His average of 1.35 blocked shots per game ranked second in the WIAC. Seckar-Anderson also averaged 15.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while hitting 54.7 percent of his field goal attempts. He compiled three double-doubles, including 18 points and 12 rebounds in the Titans’ 78-61 win over UW-Stout on Feb. 2. In UW-Oshkosh’s 80-63 win against UW-River Falls on Feb. 16, Seckar-Anderson tallied a career-high 30 points.

The remaining members of the All-WIAC first team were Bryan Beamish, Steve Hicklin and Pete Rortvedt of UW-Stevens Point, Dan Beyer of UW-Eau Claire, Matt Goodwin and Miles McKay of UW-Whitewater, Curt Hanson and Jeff Skemp of UW-Platteville and Jake Smith of UW-Superior.

Johnson, who topped the WIAC in minutes played with 36.5 per game, also made the WIAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Other members of the team included Khalifa El-Amin of UW-Stevens Point, Berent Froiland of UW-Platteville, Chris Jardine of UW-Stout, Billy Kegler of UW-La Crosse, Scott Kelly of UW-River Falls, Rob Perry of UW-Whitewater, Greg Polkowski of UW-Superior and Zack Ryan of UW-Eau Claire.

Yellowjackets Nip Titans In WIAC Tournament Opener

Dan Culy’s two free throws with 16 seconds remaining pushed UW-Superior past UW-Oshkosh, 67-66, in the quarterfinal round of the WIAC Men's Basketball Tournament held Monday (Feb. 25) in Kolf Sports Center.

Fifth-seeded UW-Superior (12-14) advances to play top-seeded UW-Whitewater (22-4) in the semifinal round on Wednesday (Feb. 27) in Whitewater. The Warhawks defeated eighth-seeded UW-Stout (7-19), 78-67, on Monday.

Other quarterfinal round results on Monday had third-seeded UW-Stevens Point (21-5) edge sixth-seeded UW-La Crosse (11-15), 74-66 in overtime, and seventh-seeded UW-Eau Claire (12-14) trim second-seeded UW-Platteville (19-7), 84-80.

Fourth-seeded UW-Oshkosh (17-9) held a 66-62 advantage before UW-Superior's Jake Smith hit a three-point basket to cut the Yellowjackets' deficit to 66-65 with 29 seconds to play. The Titans had an opportunity to extend their lead, but Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca) missed two free throws with 19 seconds left. Johnson committed a foul going for his second miss, sending Culy to the charity stripe for what turned out to be the game's winning points.

Following a UW-Oshkosh turnover, Smith missed two free throws with four seconds remaining to keep the Titans' chance at a victory alive. The game ended with Smith blocking Johnson's desperation three-point attempt.

D.J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) brought UW-Oshkosh back from an 11-point, second-half deficit to a 66-62 lead. Marsh poured in 15 points in a span of 6:09 to take the Titans from a 53-49 deficit with 7:42 remaining to a 64-62 lead with 1:33 left.

UW-Oshkosh, which suffered a 77-67 loss to UW-Superior on Saturday (Feb. 23) in Kolf Sports Center, jumped to a 12-4 lead 5:04 into play. UW-Superior answered with a 16-3 scoring run to go ahead 20-15 with 7:11 remaining in the opening period. The Yellowjackets had their 32-23 halftime lead vanish as Marsh's three-point play tied the contest at 59 with five minutes left in the contest.

Marsh totaled 33 points and 13 rebounds, both career bests. It was his second double-double of the season. The Titans also acquired 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists from Johnson and 10 points, four rebounds and three steals from Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh). Johnson was playing in his 102nd game for the Titans and concluded his UW-Oshkosh career with 600 points, 445 rebounds and 151 assists.

Culy topped UW-Superior with 25 points, including 7-of-9 shooting from the field and 7-of-7 shooting from the free-throw line. He also dished off three rebounds and blocked three shots. Smith totaled 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field while Shane Manor contributed 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. The freshman trio combined for 60 points, including 21-of-29 shooting from the field.

UW-Oshkosh, which ended the season with three straight losses, shot 45.2 percent (28-62) from the field. The Titans shot just 15.4 percent (2-13) behind the three-point arc and 57.1 percent (8-14) from the free-throw stripe.

UW-Superior shot 53.3 percent (24-45) from the field. The Yellowjackets hit 8-of-15 three-point shots (53.3 percent) and 11-of-17 free throws (64.7 percent).

The game featured just 14 turnovers, with UW-Superior committing nine and UW-Oshkosh five. The Titans won the rebounding battle, 35-25.

Titans To Host UW-Superior In WIAC Tournament Opener

UW-Oshkosh will play at home against UW-Superior in the quarterfinal round of the 2008 WIAC Men's Basketball Tournament on Monday (Feb. 25) at 7 p.m. in Kolf Sports Center.

UW-Oshkosh split its two regular season meetings with UW-Superior, including Saturday's (Feb. 23) 77-67 loss in Kolf Sports Center. The Titans captured an 87-72 victory over the Yellowjackets on Jan. 12 in Superior.

UW-Oshkosh (17-8) enters this year's tournament as the fourth seed. The Titans placed fourth in the WIAC with an 11-5 record. UW-Superior (11-14) earned the fifth seed after compiling a fifth-place league record of 6-10.

The Titans hold a 13-7 record in WIAC Tournament games, including an 8-1 mark in the quarterfinal round. UW-Oshkosh, which captured the event championship in both 2002 and 2003, tallied an 83-65 win over UW-River Falls and a 66-61 loss to UW-La Crosse in last year's tournament.

Other quarterfinal round contests on Monday have eighth-seeded UW-Stout (7-18) at top-seeded UW-Whitewater (21-4), seventh-seeded UW-Eau Claire (11-14) at second-seeded UW-Platteville (19-6) and sixth-seeded UW-La Crosse (11-14) at third-seeded UW-Stevens Point (20-5). UW-Stevens Point has won three of the last four WIAC Tournaments, including a 83-68 victory over UW-La Crosse in last year's title game.

Monday's winners advance to semifinal round action on Wednesday (Feb. 27). The championship game is scheduled for Saturday (March 1).

Yellowjackets Sting Titans

UW-Superior bolted out of halftime by making its first six three-point shots to take down the UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team, 77-67, on Saturday (Feb. 23) in Kolf Sports Center.

After trailing 36-28 at intermission, the Yellowjackets (11-14/6-10 WIAC) opened the second half with a 22-8 scoring run to take their first lead with 15:40 to play. Dan Culy hit four three-point shots while scoring all of his 16 points in the period. He also finished with five rebounds and three steals.

UW-Oshkosh (17-8/11-5 WIAC) took control of the game in the early going, amassing an 11-2 lead just 3:45 into play. Dwight Hill, who scored 12 of UW-Superior’s first 16 points, hit a lay-up to cut the Yellowjackets’ deficit to 22-20 with 6:40 left in the opening period. Hill topped all scorers with 23 points.

Greg Schrimpf (Fr. • Manitowoc) nailed a three-point shot and added a trio of free throws in the last 1:28 to increase UW-Oshkosh’s advantage before halftime. Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh) counted 12 points in the first half and finished with 19. He also totaled four rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

The Yellowjackets scored 12 of the first 16 points in the second period, tying the game at 40 on Hill’s lay-up with 17:18 to play in the contest. Culy drained a three-point shot to put UW-Superior ahead 50-44 with 14:11 to go.

Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) brought the Titans back with a pair of three-pointers, with one equaling the score at 54 and the other tying the contest at 59 with 8:35 remaining.

UW-Superior responded by reeling off a 10-2 scoring run to seal the game’s outcome. Shane Manor followed a Culy three-point basket with a conventional three-point play to make it a 69-61 Yellowjacket advantage with 6:29 left in the game.

Miller and Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca) each tallied 13 points, while D. J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) added 10 points and four assists for the Titans. Johnson also grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds to achieve his sixth double-double of the season.

Jake Smith totaled 15 points and three assists for UW-Superior, while Manor compiled 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. The Yellowjackets committed 12 turnovers and hauled in 29 rebounds.

The Titans shot 46.9 percent (23-49) from the field, including 35.7 percent (5-14) behind the three-point line. They made 16-of-23 free-throw attempts (69.6 percent). UW-Oshkosh turned the ball over 15 times while snatching 28 rebounds.

UW-Superior hit 54.9 percent (28-51) of its field goal attempts, including 7-of-13 tries (53.8 percent) from three-point range. The Yellowjackets connected on 70 percent (14-20) of their free throws.

UW-Oshkosh entered the game ranked 20th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com.

Warhawks Remove Titans From WIAC Lead

The UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome 30.2 percent field goal shooting (16-53) and Miles McKay's career scoring best in UW-Whitewater’s 66-51 victory over the Titans on Wednesday (Feb. 20) in Whitewater.

With the win, UW-Whitewater (20-4/12-3 WIAC) joins UW-Stevens Point (20-4/12-3 WIAC) atop the WIAC standings, with UW-Oshkosh (17-7/11-4 WIAC) and UW-Platteville (18-6/11-4 WIAC) one victory back.

McKay posted game-best marks of 27 points and eight rebounds while hitting 11-of-19 shots from the field. He accounted for 10 points in the final 6:03 of the first half in which the Warhawks ran off 17 unanswered points.

The Titans looked strong in the early going, gaining a 17-9 lead with 9:22 to play in the opening period. Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh) recorded the last four points on two lay-ups before UW-Oshkosh went scoreless for the next 8:27.

UW-Whitewater’s Matt Goodwin connected on a three-point bucket and a lay-up to cap the Warhawks’ steak and give them a 26-17 advantage with 2:12 remaining in the first period. Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) ended the Titans’ cold stretch with a three-point basket just before the break to make it a 26-20 score at the intermission.

Seckar-Anderson and D.J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) combined for 11 of 13 points to keep the Titans close for the first seven minutes of the second period before McKay took over once again. He drilled a three-point shot and followed it with a pair of lay-ups to put the Warhawks ahead 49-35 with 9:54 to play.

UW-Oshkosh pulled as close as 55-49 with 4:24 on the clock, but UW-Whitewater closed the contest out with an 11-2 scoring run.

The Titans were led by Seckar-Anderson’s 19 points and eight rebounds while Marsh added 12 points and seven rebounds.

The Warhawks received 12 points from Goodwin and eight points and seven rebounds from Billy Kolinske. They turned the ball over just seven times and out-rebounded the Titans, 36-30.

UW-Oshkosh’s poor shooting was magnified behind the three-point arc, as the Titans hit just 4-of-21 attempts (19 percent). They made 15-of-17 free throws (88.2 percent) while committing six turnovers.

UW-Whitewater finished with 50 percent (26-52) accuracy from the field, including a 26.7 percent mark (4-15) from long range. The Warhawks shot 76.9 percent (10-13) at the charity stripe.

Titans Move Into A Tie For WIAC Lead

The UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team got its first 78 points from the starting five players, including a career-high 30 from Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh), as it defeated UW-River Falls, 80-63, on Saturday (Feb.16) in River Falls.

Seckar-Anderson made 13 of his 16 shots from the field and all four of his free throws while pulling in six rebounds. Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) added 19 points, three assists and four steals while Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca) contributed 18 points, five assists and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Titans (17-6/11-3 WIAC).

UW-River Falls (9-14/3-11 WIAC) pulled away from an 11-11 tie with a lay-up from Scott Kelly and a three-pointer by Willie Wright to make it 16-11 with 13:19 to play in the first period. Wright topped the Falcons with 14 points while Kelly added 11 points and a team-best five assists.

Johnson scored six points during an 11-2 Titans’ scoring charge to take the lead for good during the middle of the opening half. After Miller connected on a three-pointer, Johnson drained a jump shot to put UW-Oshkosh ahead 24-20 with 6:47 left in the first period.

The Falcons trailed 39-33 at halftime and pulled within four points early in the second stanza after a lay-up by Wright. Seckar-Anderson made two lay-ups before a Johnson triple ended the threat and stretched the UW-Oshkosh advantage to 46-37 with 16:49 to play.

Deonte Compton’s three-point jumper got the Falcons within 59-51 with 8:35 remaining, but the Titans finished the game off with a 19-6 scoring run that started with six consecutive points from Seckar-Anderson. D. J. Marsh’s (So. • Bayside) jumper ended the streak and gave UW-Oshkosh its largest lead at 78-57 with 1:34 on the clock.

The Titans shot 55.2 percent (32-58) from the field and 33.3 percent (5-15) from long range. They connected on all 11 of their free throws while committing 11 turnovers and winning the rebounding battle, 34-27.

UW-River Falls finished with 45.9 percent (28-61) shooting, including just 3-of-20 accuracy (15 percent) on three-point attempts. The Falcons made 4-of-6 tries (66.7 percent) at the charity stripe and turned the ball over 10 times.

Coupled with losses by UW-Platteville and UW-Whitewater on Saturday, UW-Oshkosh grabbed a share of the WIAC lead with its victory over UW-River Falls. The Titans are tied with UW-Stevens Point and UW-Whitewater with two league games to go, including Wednesday's (Feb. 20) contest at UW-Whitewater.

Titans Coop Up Eagles

The UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team stayed on the heels of WIAC leaders UW-Platteville and UW-Whitewater with a 78-63 win over UW-La Crosse on Saturday (Feb. 9) in Kolf Sports Center.

The Titans (16-6/10-3 WIAC) remain one-half game back of both the Pioneers and the Warhawks, who each hold a 10-2 league record.

UW-Oshkosh relied heavily on its starting five once again, getting double-figure scoring from each player. Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh) and Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca) each tallied 16 to lead the Titans, while Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) scored 15 points, Greg Schrimpf (Fr. • Manitowoc) 14 and D.J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) 12.

Miller and Schrimpf got UW-Oshkosh going right away, with each hitting a three-pointer to put the Titans ahead 8-2 just 2:55 into play. Seckar-Anderson ran off six straight points of his own to give UW-Oshkosh a 21-16 lead with 11:35 remaining in the opening period.

Marsh posted five consecutive points before Miller counted the next five as the Titans recorded a 15-4 scoring run midway through the first half. Miller’s three-point jumper stretched UW-Oshkosh's advantage to 34-20 with 5:03 left in the period. The Titans went into intermission up 41-26.

Johnson took over in the second half, amassing 14 of his 16 points. He finished off his streak of 10 points in a span of 4:40 with a three-pointer to put UW-Oshkosh ahead 61-40 with 12:29 to play. Johnson also finished with five rebounds, while Seckar-Anderson led all players with eight boards, five assists and three blocked shots.

UW-Oshkosh took its largest lead of the contest after Schrimpf made a pair of free throws to make it 69-42 with 8:26 remaining. Schrimpf shot 4-of-5 from three-point range and Miller finished 4-of-7 with five assists.

The Eagles’ Tony Mane also made four three-pointers on his way to leading UW-La Crosse with 17 points and five rebounds. UW-La Crosse scored 18 of the game's last 24 points, with Austin Scott hitting three triples to contribute to his 11 points. Billy Kegler chipped in 12 points, four rebounds, and four assists to go along with 11 points and three assists from Chris Fehrenbach.

The Titans shot 53.8 percent (28-52) from the field, including 52.6 percent (10-19) behind the three-point arc. They made 12-of-15 attempts (80 percent) at the free-throw line.

UW-La Crosse made 46.3 percent (25-54) of its field goal attempts, with 8-of-19 accuracy (42.1 percent) from long distance. The Eagles connected on 5-of-10 free throws (50 percent).

UW-Oshkosh hauled in 34 rebounds, easily topping UW-La Crosse’s total of 22. The Eagles turned the ball over just seven times, compared to the Titans mark of nine.

Titans Work Overtime To Edge Blugolds

D. J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) made two free throws with 7.6 seconds left in overtime to lead the UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team to an 89-87 victory over UW-Eau Claire on Wednesday (Feb. 6) in Kolf Sports Center.

UW-Oshkosh (15-6/9-3 WIAC) scored all nine of its points in overtime from the free-throw line, including 4-of-4 shooting by Marsh. The Titans, who entered the contest ranked 24th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, missed both of their field goal attempts in the extra period.

In overtime, UW-Eau Claire (10-11/4-8 WIAC) got a three-point basket from Colin Boone in the first minute of play, but UW-Oshkosh responded with a 6-2 scoring run to take an 86-85 lead with 1:37 to go. The Blugolds regained the advantage 17 seconds later on Dan Beyer's dunk. The Titans then tied the game at 87 on a free throw by Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca) with 54 seconds left.

UW-Eau Claire had a chance to take the lead with 22 seconds remaining, but Geoff Probst's three-point shot missed the mark. Following Marsh's game-winning points, the Blugolds' Boone missed a jump shot with one second left on the clock.

UW-Eau Claire outscored UW-Oshkosh, 51-38, in the second half as it shot an astounding 78.6 percent (22-28) from the field. The Blugolds opened the period with a 20-6 scoring run, including nine points from Beyer, to take a 49-48 lead with 13:13 to play.

The game was tight for the next eight minutes as there were seven lead changes and four ties between the 13:13 and 5:51 marks of the second half. Trailing 67-65 with 6:10 left, UW-Oshkosh put together a 13-4 scoring run, including three three-point baskets by Greg Schrimpf (Fr. • Manitowoc), to take a 78-71 lead with 1:40 remaining.

UW-Eau Claire forced overtime as it took advantage of two missed field goal attempts, one missed free throw and one turnover by UW-Oshkosh down the stretch. The Blugolds pulled to within 80-78 on a lay-up by Boone with 46 seconds left and tied the score at 80 on a lay-up by Probst with 28 seconds remaining. UW-Oshkosh's Schrimpf missed a jump shot from just inside the three-point line as time expired.

UW-Oshkosh, which suffered a 57-54 loss to UW-Eau Claire on Jan. 16, got out of the gates early as it sprinted to a 14-5 lead with 14:44 left in the first half. The Titans extended their lead to 19-9 before the Blugolds climbed to within 21-18 with 8:15 to go in the period. UW-Oshkosh took a 42-29 lead to intermission by posting an 11-2 scoring run over the final 4:31 of the first half.

UW-Oshkosh had 87 of its 89 points scored by its starters. Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) led the Titans with 26 points, while Marsh and Schrimpf tallied 20 each, Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh) 14 and Johnson seven. Marsh also totaled nine rebounds and four assists, Johnson eight rebounds and three assists and Seckar-Anderson seven rebounds and three assists.

The Titans shot 47.4 percent (27-57) from the field, including 61.1 percent (11-18) behind the three-point line. UW-Oshkosh made 72.7 percent (24-33) of its free throws, collected 32 rebounds, including 16 on the offensive end, and committed 13 turnovers.

Beyer recorded 23 points to lead six double-figure scorers for UW-Eau Claire. The Blugolds also received 14 points from Amadou Fofana, 12 from both Jacob Schlub and Ryan Shea and 10 from both Boone and Probst. Shea added five rebounds, seven assists and six steals and Probst five rebounds, four assists and two steals.

UW-Eau Claire finished the game shooting 63.8 percent (37-58) from the field. The Blugolds shot 35.7 percent (5-14) behind the three-point line and 88.9 percent (8-9) from the charity stripe. UW-Eau Claire pulled in 25 rebounds, blocked six shots and committed 12 turnovers.

Titans Slay Blue Devils

Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) scored a career-high 29 points while three of his teammates grabbed 10-plus rebounds each as UW-Oshkosh thumped UW-Stout, 78-61, in a men's basketball game held Saturday (Feb. 2) in Menomonie.

Miller surpassed the 20-point mark for the seventh time this season by making 10-of-17 shots from the field and both of his free throws. Miller bombed away from long range as he made 7-of-13 shots behind the three-point arc.

UW-Oshkosh (14-6/8-3 WIAC) posted a 44-28 rebounding advantage, with Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh) collecting a career-best 12 and Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca) and D.J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) 10 each.

The Titans scored the game’s first 11 points and led by at least eight for the final 32:48 of the contest. Miller had two three-point baskets and Greg Schrimpf (Fr. • Manitowoc) one during the Titans' early scoring spree.

UW-Stout (4-15/1-9 WIAC) answered back with eight straight points to cut its deficit to 11-8 with 15:20 left in the opening period.

Marsh got UW-Oshkosh rolling again by hitting a jump shot to start a 16-2 scoring run for the Titans. Miller ended the run with eight straight points to put UW-Oshkosh ahead 27-10 with 8:46 remaining in the first half.

UW-Oshkosh went to intermission leading 42-29. Miller led the Titans with 18 first-half points, while Miles Webb paced the Blue Devils with 12. Webb finished the game with 25 points, three rebounds and three steals.

The Titans turned to Seckar-Anderson in the second half. He scored 13 points in the final period, including back-to-back three-point plays that put UW-Oshkosh ahead 53-37 with 15:50 to play. Seckar-Anderson ended the game with 18 points.

The closest UW-Stout got in the second half was 65-57 with 5:49 left. Miller responded to the Blue Devils' rally with consecutive three-pointers to put the Titans up 73-58 and by 15-plus points the rest of the way.

Marsh contributed 16 points to UW-Oshkosh's victory, while Schrimpf added nine.

In addition to Webb's performance, UW-Stout also received 10 points and five rebounds from Eric Hostetter, 10 points from Alex Mason and six points and seven rebounds from John Donald.

UW-Oshkosh used 44.4 percent (8-18) three-point shooting to finish at 54.3 percent (25-46) from the field overall. The Titans shot 64.5 percent (20-31) from the free-throw line and committed 11 turnovers.

UW-Stout shot 36.1 percent (22-61) from the field, 26.9 percent (7-26) behind the three-point line and 62.5 percent (10-16) from the free-throw stripe. The Blue Devils committed just seven turnovers.

Pioneers Bump Titans From WIAC Lead

The UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team fell out of first place in the WIAC as it dropped a 71-55 decision to UW-Platteville on Wednesday (Jan. 30) in Platteville.

The game featured two nationally-ranked teams, with UW-Oshkosh (13-6/7-3 WIAC) listed 20th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com and UW-Platteville (14-4/8-2 WIAC) 22nd.

UW-Oshkosh had four double-figure scorers as Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh) tallied 16 points, Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) 12, D.J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) 11 and Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca) 10. The Titans also received nine rebounds and four blocked shots from Seckar-Anderson and six rebounds from both Johnson and Marsh.

UW-Platteville, which posted a 72-53 win over UW-Oshkosh on Jan. 9, was led by the 16 points of Curt Hanson and the 15 of Charlie Lohoff. Jeff Skemp contributed eight points, a career-high 13 rebounds and four blocked shots and Josh Langenfeld seven points, six rebounds and four assists.

The two teams were separated by no more than three points for the first nine minutes of the contest. Marsh connected on a pair of free throws with 13:51 left in the first half to give the Titans their final lead of the game at 9-8.

UW-Platteville took hold of the momentum a few minutes later as it scored eight unanswered points. Skemp made a lay-up in between three-point baskets by Hanson and Lohoff during that stretch that put UW-Platteville ahead 23-14 with 6:51 left in the first half.

UW-Oshkosh missed its last seven shots from the field in the first half and went to intermission trailing 32-24. Lohoff scored 12 points for the Pioneers and Miller 11 for the Titans in the opening period.

Kyle Tetschlag tallied six straight points during the middle of the second half to increase the Pioneers’ lead to 54-38 with 11:08 to play. The Titans cut their deficit to 60-52 on a jump shot by Johnson with 4:01 left. His basket ended a string of eight straight UW-Oshkosh points.

Hanson sealed the game’s outcome by scoring six points in the next three minutes as the Pioneers counted 11 unanswered points. A jump shot and pair of free throws by Hanson put UW-Platteville up 71-52 with 1:39 remaining.

UW-Oshkosh was held to just 33.3 percent (19-57) shooting from the field. The Titans made just two of their 16 three-point shots (12.5 percent). UW-Oshkosh shot 68.2 percent (15-22) from the free-throw line.

UW-Platteville made 51 percent (26-51) of its shots from the field, including 47.1 percent accuracy (8-17) behind the three-point line. The Pioneers made 11-of-14 free throws (78.6 percent).

The contest featured a minimal number of turnovers, with the Titans committing just five and the Pioneers six. The teams hauled in 32 rebounds each.

Titans Down 7th-Ranked Pointers

The UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team completed its first regular season sweep of UW-Stevens Point since the 1997-98 campaign with its 73-61 victory over the Pointers on Saturday (Jan. 26) in Kolf Sports Center.

Both teams entered the contest nationally ranked, with UW-Stevens Point listed seventh in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com and UW-Oshkosh 20th.

UW-Oshkosh’s win was its fourth over a top-13 team this season, including a 73-62 triumph over third-ranked UW-Stevens Point on Jan. 5. The Titans also defeated 13th-ranked Elmhurst College (Ill.), 88-86, and sixth-ranked UW-Whitewater, 80-74.

UW-Oshkosh (13-5/7-2 WIAC) never trailed UW-Stevens Point (14-4/6-3 WIAC) after taking a 5-2 lead on a Greg Schrimpf (Fr. • Manitowoc) three-point basket 1:57 into play. Schrimpf had four three-point field goals to finish the game with 12 points.

D. J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) kept UW-Oshkosh's early spurt going with five straight points. His three-point play capped a 13-3 scoring run that put the Titans up 15-5 with 14:44 left in the opening period. Marsh totaled 17 points and eight rebounds.

UW-Stevens Point used two long-range jumpers from Steve Hicklin and Ross Rortvedt to creep within striking distance of UW-Oshkosh. Rortvedt’s three-pointer pulled the Pointers to a 17-13 deficit with 13:10 left in the first half.

The Pointers got even closer four minutes later as consecutive three-point baskets from Khalifa El-Amin and Jared Jenkins sliced their deficit to 26-24 with 9:06 remaining in the opening period. El-Amin topped UW-Stevens Point with 14 points in the contest.

UW-Oshkosh held a 33-32 lead before Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca) and Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh) made two lay-ups before the intermission. Seckar-Anderson rebounded a missed three-pointer from teammate Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) and scored at the buzzer to give the Titans a 37-32 lead at the break. Seckar-Anderson compiled eight points and 10 rebounds, while Johnson totaled game bests of 18 points and 11 rebounds. The double-double was Johnson's fourth of the season.

Miller stretched UW-Oshkosh's advantage by counting 12 of his 15 points in the second half. His three-point basket was part of a 14-2 scoring run that put UW-Oshkosh in front 61-43 with 10:06 to play. Miller also distributed a game-high six assists.

UW-Oshkosh shot 51 percent (25-49) from the field and 41.2 percent (7-17) from three-point range. The Titans made 16-of-17 free throws on their way to a mark of 94.1 percent.

UW-Stevens Point, which trailed by double digits for the final 14:38 of the game, made 43.1 percent (25-58) of its field goals. The Pointers made 29.6 percent (8-27) of their three-point shots and 50 percent (3-6) of their free throws.

UW-Oshkosh dominated the rebounding category by a 37-22 margin. The Pointers committed just six turnovers and the Titans 14.

Titans Lose Hard-Fought Battle To Vikings

Ben Rosenblatt's lay-up with 1:24 left gave Lawrence University the lead for good and 6-of-8 free-throw shooting by his teammates down the stretch helped the Vikings edge UW-Oshkosh, 81-78, in a men's basketball game held Tuesday (Jan. 22) in Appleton.

UW-Oshkosh (12-5) scored six straight points before Rosenblatt made his lay-up to break a 73-73 tie. The Vikings (11-1) then held off the Titans with three free throws by Doug Kadison, two by Ryan Kroeger and one by Chris Page in the final 34 seconds.

Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson), who scored all 19 of his points in the second half, drilled a long three-pointer to cut UW-Oshkosh's deficit to 79-78 with 1.2 seconds left. Kadison was fouled before Lawrence University could inbound the basketball, and he made both free throws to put the Vikings up 81-78. Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh) caught the ensuing inbounds pass about 25 feet from the basket, but he was not able to get a shot off before the horn sounded.

The contest was tight throughout, with the largest margin between the two teams being six points. UW-Oshkosh gained its largest advantage of 14-9 on a three-point play by D.J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) with 12:29 left in the opening period. Marsh scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half.

Lawrence University responded to its five-point deficit with seven straight points of its own. The Vikings took a 16-14 lead on a three-point basket by Tommy Schmidt with 10:59 left in the first half. Kroeger later added a lay-up to put Lawrence University ahead 34-29 at the 3:47 mark of the opening period. Kroeger finished the game with 28 points, including 9-of-11 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 accuracy from the free-throw line. He scored 19 of his points in the second half.

After leading 40-39 at halftime, Lawrence University stretched its advantage to 54-48 on a lay-up from Jayce Apelgren with 14:30 to play. Miller knocked through a three-point shot before Marsh converted a lay-up to pull the Titans to a 58-58 tie with 11:16 remaining.

Lawrence University took a 60-58 lead and used a three-pointer and pair of free throws from Kroeger to go in front 73-67 at the 4:23 mark of the final period. Seckar-Anderson then made two lay-ups and Johnson a jump shot to tie the game at 73-73.

Seckar-Anderson scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Titans in both departments. He made 10-of-16 shots from the field and both of his free throws. Johnson added 11 points, six rebounds and two assists. Marsh also contributed six rebounds and one blocked shot.

The Vikings had one other double-figure scorer in Andy Hurley. Hurley totaled 12 points while grabbing six rebounds and dishing off four assists.

UW-Oshkosh used 5-of-10 three-point shooting from Miller to finish the game at 8-of-23 overall (34.8 percent). The Titans shot 50.8 percent (31-61) from the field and 88.9 percent (8-9) from the free-throw line.

Lawrence University shot 56.9 percent (29-51) from the field and 36.4 percent (4-11) from three-point range. The Vikings, who have won their last seven games, hit 19-of-29 shots at the free-throw stripe for a mark of 65.5 percent.

The Titans, who entered the game ranked 20th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, won the rebounding battle, 31-27. Lawrence University turned the ball over just seven times to best UW-Oshkosh’s total of eight.

Titans Cage Eagles

D.J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) scored 14 of his career-high 30 points at the free-throw line as the UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team defeated UW-La Crosse, 81-68, on Saturday (Jan. 19) in La Crosse.

The Titans (12-4/6-2 WIAC) made 27-of-29 free throws overall (93.1 percent), with Marsh making 14 of his 15 attempts. Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca) went 7-of-7 at the charity stripe on his way to scoring 15 points. Johnson also grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds and dished off a team-high four assists.

UW-La Crosse (7-9/2-5 WIAC) also received a career-high 29 points from Tony Mane. Mane hit 10-of-19 field goal attempts and 8-of-12 free throws while pulling in four rebounds. He scored 18 points in the second half.

Marsh scored the Titans’ first four points before Greg Schrimpf (Fr. • Manitowoc) drained a three-pointer to give UW-Oshkosh a 7-3 lead with 16:33 left in the opening period. UW-La Crosse then tied the score at 14 when Derek Wilcox made a free throw with 10:39 left to play in the first half.

UW-Oshkosh took the lead for good at 16-14 on a lay-up by Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh). The Titans held a 27-24 lead before ending the opening period with a 9-3 scoring run. UW-Oshkosh's 36 first-half points included 11 by Marsh and nine by Schrimpf.

UW-La Crosse trailed by double digits for almost the entire second half. Marsh gave UW-Oshkosh its largest advantage of the period at 49-33 following a pair of free throws with 14:49 to play. The Eagles pulled to within nine points twice in the second half, counts of 53-44 and 64-55.

Schrimpf scored 14 points, including three three-point baskets, for UW-Oshkosh. Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) chipped in 10 points as the fourth UW-Oshkosh player in double-figure scoring.

Brandon Brown added 14 points and three steals for UW-La Crosse. 

The Titans made six of their 12 three-point shots (50 percent) to post a shooting mark of 43.6 percent (24-55) from the field. UW-Oshkosh out-rebounded UW-La Crosse, 38-24, while turning the basketball over 11 times.

The Eagles made 24-of-52 field goal attempts (46.2 percent), including 3-of-12 shots (25 percent) behind the three-point line. UW-La Crosse made 73.9 percent (17-23) of its free throws and committed nine turnovers.

UW-Oshkosh, which snapped a four-game losing streak to UW-La Crosse, entered the contest as the 16th-ranked team in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com.

Blugolds Clip Titans

The UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team led for just 75 seconds as it dropped a 57-54 decision to UW-Eau Claire on Wednesday (Jan. 16) in Eau Claire.

UW-Oshkosh (11-4/5-2 WIAC), which trailed for the last 30:51 of play, had two opportunities to send the game to overtime, but three-point shots by Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) and Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh) missed the mark in the final nine seconds.

UW-Oshkosh used six unanswered points from Seckar-Anderson midway through the first half to gain its only lead of the game. His third lay-up gave the Titans a 13-9 advantage with 12:02 left in the opening period.

UW-Eau Claire (9-6/3-3 WIAC) responded with an 11-2 scoring run late in the half to take the lead for good. Geoff Probst converted a three-point play before Dan Mullen drained a three-point jumper that gave the Blugolds a 19-15 advantage with 8:42 left in the first period.

Leading 26-23, Ryan Shea scored five points over a 40-second span to increase the Blugolds’ lead before halftime. He also assisted on Ryan Zach’s lay-up in the final minute to put UW-Eau Claire up 33-25 at the break. Shea paced the Blugolds with 15 points and three assists while grabbing seven rebounds.

Following a three-point basket by UW-Oshkosh's Greg Schrimpf (Fr. • Manitowoc), UW-Eau Claire scored seven straight points to take a 40-28 lead with 16:10 to play. Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) started a UW-Oshkosh rally with back-to-back three-point shots that were part of an 11-0 scoring run. Miller’s lay-up pulled the Titans to within 40-39 with 11:07 remaining.

The Blugolds led by no more than five points during the final 13:34 of the contest. Their lead reached 52-47 after a Probst jumper with 3:21 on the clock. Probst scored 13 points in the game and collected a team-high eight rebounds.

Seckar-Anderson scored a career-high 25 points for the Titans. He made 10-of-18 shots from the field and 5-of-8 attempts from the free-throw line. D.J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) added 12 points as the only other UW-Oshkosh player in double figures. Marsh also pulled in seven rebounds while Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca) led all players with 12.

UW-Eau Claire, which defeated UW-Oshkosh for just the second time in 14 games, also received seven points and six rebounds from Dan Beyer.

UW-Oshkosh shot 42.6 percent (20-47) from the field and 21.4 percent (3-14) behind the three-point arc. The Titans hit 11-of-16 attempts at the free-throw line for a mark of 68.8 percent.

UW-Eau Claire made 22-of-42 shots (52.4 percent) from the field and 4-of-11 tries (36.4 percent) from three-point range. The Blugolds shot 60 percent (9-15) at the charity stripe.

Both teams handled the basketball well, with the Titans winning the turnover battle, 7-10. UW-Eau Claire took the rebounding category, 31-26.

UW-Oshkosh entered the game ranked 16th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com.

Titans Clobber Yellowjackets

The three-man attack of D.J. Marsh (So. • Bayside), Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) and Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh) combined for 68 points as the UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team took down UW-Superior, 87-72, on Saturday (Jan. 12) in Superior.

Marsh scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead all players. He made 10-of-15 shots from the field and 4-of-6 attempts from the free-throw line. Miller drained 6-of-12 three-point shots on his way to 24 points and four assists. Seckar-Anderson totaled 19 points and four rebounds.

UW-Superior (6-7/2-3 WIAC) opened the contest strong, amassing a six-point lead. Dan Culy hit a pair of three-point shots before Dwight Hill’s triple put the Yellowjackets in front 13-7 at the 15:37 mark of the first half.

The Titans (11-3/5-1 WIAC), ranked 12th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, responded by scoring the next 11 points. Miller capped the scoring spurt with a three-point basket to give UW-Oshkosh an 18-13 advantage with 12:30 remaining in the first half.

Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca) had nine points, seven rebounds, two assists and three steals for the Titans. His lay-up closed out a 10-2 scoring run that gave UW-Oshkosh a 28-17 lead with 7:56 to go in the opening period. Miller counted two three-point baskets and Seckar-Anderson a lay-up during UW-Oshkosh’s game-clinching stretch.

The Titans led 48-32 at intermission after counting nine of the last 11 points in the first half. Seckar-Anderson converted a lay-up and a tip-in before the break to go along with a Miller jumper in the final two minutes of the period.

UW-Superior came no closer than 11 points in the second half. The Titans' lead grew as large as 20 points twice, 59-39 with 16:14 to play and 65-45 with 13:06 left. UW-Superior closed to within 73-62 with 8:00 remaining.

Hill paced UW-Superior with 18 points and five assists. The Yellowjackets also received 17 points and four assists from Jake Smith and 12 points, three rebounds and three assists from Culy.

UW-Oshkosh shot 55.9 percent (33-59) from the field and 45 percent (9-20) behind the three-point line. The Titans made 57.1 percent (12-21) of their free throws.

The Yellowjackets made 60 percent (27-45) of their shots, including 40 percent accuracy (4-10) from three-point range. They hit 14-of-15 tries at the free-throw stripe for a mark of 93.3 percent.

The Titans committed just six turnovers, compared to the Yellowjackets’ total of 13. UW-Oshkosh also won the rebounding battle, 25-18, including a 13-4 advantage on the offensive end.

Pioneers Hand Titans First WIAC Loss

After watching a 12-point lead evaporate in the second half, UW-Platteville scored 25 of the game’s last 31 points to bring down the nationally-ranked UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team, 72-53, on Wednesday (Jan. 9) in Kolf Sports Center.

UW-Platteville (10-3/4-1 WIAC) used six straight points from Jeff Skemp to pull away after UW-Oshkosh (10-3/4-1 WIAC) tied the contest at 47 with 9:42 to play. Mike Shaw took over after that and scored 13 of the Pioneers' remaining 19 points. Shaw finished the game with 19 points, including perfect marks of 5-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.

Skemp played 38 minutes in the contest and totaled 18 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots. He made 7-of-10 shots from the field and 4-of-5 tries at the free-throw line. The double-double was Skemp's fifth of the season.

UW-Platteville led 31-25 at intermission and came out firing in the second half. The Pioneers scored eight of the period's first 10 points, including a three-point basket by Curt Hanson that gave UW-Platteville a 39-27 lead with 17:49 to play.

Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) spirited the Titans’ comeback bid by scoring all of his team-high 17 points in the final 14:50 of the contest. Miller connected on all five of his three-point shots in the second half, with his third long-range bomb tying the score at 47.

UW-Platteville took hold of the game’s momentum early, marking nine unanswered points to take an 11-5 lead with 14:27 to go in the opening period. Skemp scored six of the Pioneers' first 11 points.

UW-Oshkosh trailed 16-8 and rallied back to take a 22-21 advantage, its final lead of the contest, on a free throw by Ryan Johnsen (Sr. • Greendale) with 3:47 remaining in the first half. The Pioneers closed the period with a 10-3 scoring run, including three-point baskets by Shaw and Nick Allen.

In addition to Miller's performance, UW-Oshkosh received 12 points from Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh), nine points, three rebounds and three assists from Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca) and seven points, six rebounds and three assists from D.J. Marsh (So. • Bayside).

The Pioneers also acquired 12 points from Charlie Lohoff and nine from Hanson.

UW-Platteville, which snapped a four-game losing streak to UW-Oshkosh, shot 57.8 percent (26-45) from the field. The Pioneers have shot better than 50 percent from the field in each of their last six games. UW-Platteville also hit 6-of-12 shots (50 percent) behind the three-point line and 14-of-18 tries (77.8 percent) from the free-throw stripe.

UW-Oshkosh made 21-of-48 shots (43.8 percent) from the field, including 8-of-17 attempts (47.1 percent) behind the three-point line. The Titans, who entered the game ranked 12th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, connected on 3-of-6 shots (50 percent) from the free-throw line.

The Pioneers won the rebounding battle, 28-20. The contest featured just 12 turnovers, with UW-Platteville committing five and UW-Oshkosh seven.

Titans Knock Off Third-Ranked Pointers

The hot first-half shooting of Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) sparked the UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team as it took down nationally-ranked UW-Stevens Point, 73-62, Saturday (Jan. 5) in Stevens Point.

The Pointers (9-3/1-2 WIAC) entered the game ranked third in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com and the Titans (10-2/4-0 WIAC) 18th.

Miller made all five of his shots from the field in the opening half, including all four attempts behind the three-point line. He finished the game with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting overall.

UW-Oshkosh jumped out to an early 5-0 lead just 1:21 into the contest after a steal and three-point play from Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca). Johnson scored eight points in the game and led the Titans with 11 rebounds.

UW-Stevens Point scored the game’s next six points, taking the lead on Drew Jackson’s dunk with 14:07 remaining in the opening period. The teams remained within six points of each other until the five-minute mark of the first half.

The Titans made their move after the Pointers cut it to a two-point game (23-21) with 6:52 to play in the first half. Miller accounted for eight points while Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh) and Johnson had three each during a 14-4 UW-Oshkosh scoring run. Johnson’s triple with two minutes left in the half gave the Titans a 37-25 advantage.

Seckar-Anderson recorded nine of his 15 points in the first half and finished the game with five rebounds. D.J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) topped UW-Oshkosh's scoring list with 23 points, including 6-of-6 shooting from the free-throw line. Marsh also contributed four rebounds and three assists.

After holding a 38-27 lead at the intermission, the Titans extended their cushion with seven unanswered points early in the second half. Greg Schrimpf (Fr. • Manitowoc) hit a three-point shot and Seckar-Anderson finished the run off with a tip-in to make it 49-31 with 14:25 to play in the game.

Following a three-point basket by Miller, Marsh put the contest away with eight straight points of his own. His lay-up gave UW-Oshkosh its largest lead of the game at 66-47 with 7:50 left on the clock.

Matt Moses and Pete Rortvedt both scored 14 points to lead UW-Stevens Point. Rortvedt also chipped in a team-high six rebounds. Bryan Beamish added 13 points and four rebounds for the Pointers.

The Titans used 50 percent shooting (8-16) from three-point range to finish at 52.1 percent (25-48) from the field. They hit 15-of-17 free throws for a mark of 88.2 percent.

The Pointers hit just 3-of-16 shots (18.8 percent) behind the three-point arc on their way to 27-of-56 overall shooting (48.2 percent) from the field. They connected on 5-of-10 free-throw attempts (50 percent).

The game featured a minimal number of turnovers, with UW-Stevens Point committing seven and UW-Oshkosh 12. The Titans took the rebounding battle, 30-25.

UW-Oshkosh's victory was its third of the 2007-08 season over a nationally-ranked team. Previously, the Titans defeated 13th-ranked Elmhurst College (Ill.), 88-86, and sixth-ranked UW-Whitewater, 80-74. UW-Oshkosh also owns a 59-54 loss to ninth-ranked Augustana College (Ill.).

Titans Tame Lions

The UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team scored the first 14 points of the game and then coasted in defeating Finlandia University (Mich.), 82-58, on Wednesday (Jan. 2) in Kolf Sports Center.

The Titans (9-2) racked up four three-point field goals, including three from Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson), and a dunk by D.J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) in the opening 4:56 of the contest. The Lions (5-8) started the game by missing their first 10 shots from the field while committing four turnovers.

Miller led UW-Oshkosh in scoring with 23 points. He connected on 5-of-7 shots behind the three-point arc and made 9-of-12 shots overall. The only other Titan with double-figure scoring was Marsh with 21 points. Marsh also posted five rebounds, four assists and five steals.

Brady Borgardt’s (Fr. • Oshkosh) free throw with 10:59 remaining in the opening period gave the Titans a 22-6 lead. Shawn Wickersheim hit a trio of free throws to cut the Lions' deficit to 28-17 with 7:35 left in the first half, but Finlandia University would get no closer than 11 points the rest of the game.

The Titans, ranked 18th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, began to pull away when Miller directed a 9-1 scoring run in the closing minutes of the first. His pair of jumpers stretched UW-Oshkosh's advantage to 41-21 with 3:46 on the clock. Miller’s 20 first-half points propelled the Titans to a 43-25 lead at the break.

Finlandia University shot just 21.4 percent (6-28) from the field in the first half, and UW-Oshkosh continued to apply the pressure to begin the second period. Marsh opened the frame with a three-pointer and added two lay-ups following steals to increase the Titans' lead to 52-32 with 15:12 to play in the game.

Another triple from Miller stretched UW-Oshkosh's cushion to 28 points (72-44) before Finlandia University responded with a 12-3 scoring run. Anthony Robinson capped the spurt with a three-point play to pull the Lions within 77-58 at the 2:16 mark of the second half.

Finlandia University was led in scoring by the 15 points of Ryan Artley. Tyler Gordon contributed 14 points while leading the Lions with seven rebounds and five steals. Finlandia University, which dropped a 91-70 decision to UW-Oshkosh on Nov. 23, received 10 points and six rebounds from Tucker Thoreson.

UW-Oshkosh used 50 percent shooting (10-20) from three-point range to post a 53.2 percent (33-62) mark from the field. The Titans also shot 50 percent from the free-throw line, converting 6-of-12 attempts.

Finlandia University made 20-of-55 shots (36.4 percent) from the field, including 5-of-24 efforts (20.8 percent) behind the three-point arc. The Lions were successful on 13-of-22 attempts (59.1 percent) from the charity stripe.

The Titans took the rebounding battle, 39-30. UW-Oshkosh also won in the turnover department, committing just 13 compared to Finlandia University’s 18.

Titans Silence Thunder

The UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team scored 11 consecutive points late in the first half to pull away and post an 81-72 victory over Tri-State University (Ind.) on Wednesday (Dec. 19) in Orlando, Fla.

The game was tied 27-27 before Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh) counted six points and D.J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) five to give the Titans a 38-27 advantage with 3:19 left in the first half. UW-Oshkosh (8-2) settled for a 39-35 halftime lead as it missed its last four field goal attempts of the period.

UW-Oshkosh recorded the first eight points of the game and sprinted to a 13-2 lead just 3:28 into play. The Titans' fast start featured five points by Seckar-Anderson and three-point baskets by both Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) and Greg Schrimpf (Fr. • Manitowoc). Tri-State University (2-6) stormed back to tie the game at 21-21 and then 27-27 before the Titans scored 11 straight points.

UW-Oshkosh scored the first six points of the second half to take a 45-35 lead with 18:10 play. Tri-State University cut its deficit to 51-46, but UW-Oshkosh answered with nine straight points to take a 60-46 advantage with 10:54 left.

Tri-State University closed the gap to 63-58 as five different players made a shot from the field. UW-Oshkosh came right back with five straight points to push its lead to 68-58 with 5:05 remaining. The Titans led by a minimum of eight points the rest of the way.

Marsh scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead UW-Oshkosh in both categories. He made nine of his 12 shots from the field and six of his nine tosses from the free-throw line. The Titans also received 19 points, six rebounds and six assists from Seckar-Anderson, 16 points from Miller and 12 points, five rebounds and four assists from Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca).

Tri-State University, which dropped an 80-50 decision to UW-Oshkosh a year ago, was led by Tony Benford's 22 points. Benford also distributed three assists and recorded four steals. Andre Patrick added 16 points and a team-high six rebounds.

UW-Oshkosh shot a season-best 56.6 percent (30-53) from the field, including 72.7 percent (16-22) in the second half. The Titans made six of their 15 three-point shots (40 percent) and 15 of their 20 free throws (75 percent).

Tri-State University shot 54.2 percent (26-48) from the field, including 43.8 percent (7-16) behind the three-point arc. The Thunder made 13 of their 17 free throws (76.5 percent).

UW-Oshkosh, ranked 13th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, committed 15 turnovers and Tri-State University 19. The Titans won the rebounding battle, 27-22.

Yellow Jackets Sting Titans

A second-half offensive struggle doomed the UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team as the Titans dropped a 53-46 decision to Defiance College (Ohio) on Tuesday (Dec. 18) in Orlando, Fla.

After taking a 40-39 lead with 11:25 left in the game, UW-Oshkosh (7-2) committed five turnovers and made just two of its 19 shots from the field the rest of the way.

Defiance College (6-3) scored 13 of the game's last 20 points to notch its fourth straight victory. The Yellow Jackets tallied eight straight points, including six by Anthony Pettaway, to take a 47-40 lead with 6:56 to play.

Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca) then trimmed the Titans' deficit to 48-46 with a lay-up at the 2:44 mark. The basket, however, would be UW-Oshkosh's last points of the contest.

UW-Oshkosh took a 6-4 advantage before Pettaway scored three straight points to give Defiance College a 7-6 lead 3:08 into play. The Yellow Jackets maintained their cushion the rest of the first half.

A jump shot by Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh) pulled the Titans within two at 17-15 with 8:04 to play in the opening period. Defiance College reacted to its shrinking advantage with an 8-2 scoring spurt, highlighted by four points apiece from Pettaway and C.J. Johnson. Pettaway’s jumper gave the Yellow Jackets a 25-17 lead with 4:29 remaining in the half.

Pettaway posted 11 of his team-high 18 points in the first half, propelling Defiance College to a 33-25 lead at the break. He also finished the game with a career-high 15 rebounds.

UW-Oshkosh fought back midway through the second half with a 10-0 scoring run. The string of points, which closed with a lay-up by Seckar-Anderson, gave the Titans a 40-39 lead.

Seckar-Anderson scored 15 points to lead UW-Oshkosh, while Johnson and D.J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) scored 10 each. Johnson also grabbed 12 rebounds for his second double-double in three games.

Defiance College, which is picked to finish second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference this season, also received 12 points each from C.J. Johnson and Heath Armstrong. Nick Sales added five points and seven rebounds.

UW-Oshkosh missed all 10 of its three-point shots to finish the contest shooting 33.3 percent (18-54) from the field. The Titans made 10 of their 15 free throws (66.7 percent) and committed 13 turnovers.

Defiance College shot 43.1 percent (22-51) from the field, but just 9.1 percent (1-11) behind the three-point arc. The Yellow Jackets, who owned 11 turnovers, were 8-of-18 shooting (44.4 percent) from the free-throw stripe.

Ninth-Ranked Vikings Fight Off Titans

A first-half drought of almost 13 minutes without a field goal proved costly as the UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team fell to Augustana College (Ill.), 59-54, on Saturday (Dec. 15) in Kolf Sports Center. The contest matched two nationally-ranked teams, with Augustana College ranked ninth and UW-Oshkosh 13th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com.

After Dane Seckar-Anderson’s (Jr. • Oshkosh) jump shot gave UW-Oshkosh (7-1) a 7-2 advantage, Augustana College scored 22 of the game’s next 23 points to take a 24-8 lead with 5:19 left in the first half. The Vikings (8-1) made good use of nine offensive rebounds in the opening period, including back-to-back boards and lay-ups by Chandlor Collins, to take a 21-8 advantage.

The Vikings’ game-altering run included a stretch of nine consecutive missed shots by the Titans. Matt Miller's (Jr. • Hudson) three-point basket with 3:53 remaining in the first half halted the streak and brought UW-Oshkosh within 24-13.

UW-Oshkosh mounted a heroic rally to open the second period. Trailing 34-14 at the break, Miller led the charge with 18 of his team-high 21 points in the second half. His four three-pointers of the period sparked a 16-2 scoring run that pulled the Titans within one point at 51-50 with 3:32 to play. Miller also collected three rebounds and went six-of-six at the free-throw line in the contest.

Seckar-Anderson converted a clutch three-point play to make it a three-point game (51-48) at the 4:31 mark. He finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.

The Vikings’ Dain Swetalla tallied 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Augustana College. His lay-up with 2:24 left made it a three-point advantage and forced UW-Oshkosh to play catch-up. After two free throws by Miller made it a one-point margin (55-54), Augustana College iced the game at the charity stripe with 4-of-4 shooting in the final 36 seconds.

Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca) pulled in a career-high 13 rebounds, with seven of them coming on the offensive end. Johnson added eight points, four assists and three steals.

Brett Wessels contributed 14 points and three steals for Augustana College. The Vikings took the rebounding battle by a margin of 36-34, with 11 belonging to Chandlor Collins.

The Titans shot just 22.2 percent (4-18) from the field in the first half and finished the game at 31.9 percent (15-47). UW-Oshkosh made 75 percent (18-24) of its attempts from the free-throw line and 33.3 percent (6-18) of its three-point shots.

Augustana College shot 38.5 percent (20-52) from the field and 28.6 percent (2-7) from three-point range. The Vikings, who have won 53 of their last 66 games, shot 17-of-22 on free throws for a mark of 77.3 percent.

UW-Oshkosh owned 17 turnovers and Augustana College, 14.

Titans Put Blue Devils To Rest

A late first-half scoring spree got UW-Oshkosh off and running as the Titans remained unbeaten by defeating UW-Stout, 81-61, in a men's basketball game held Saturday (Dec. 8) in Kolf Sports Center.

Leading 26-22, UW-Oshkosh (7-0/3-0 WIAC) went on a 21-8 scoring run during the final 6:59 of the first half to take a 47-30 lead to intermission. The Titans made eight of their 13 shots during the scoring run, including five-of-six efforts behind the three-point line.

Greg Schrimpf’s (Fr. • Manitowoc) three-point basket gave UW-Oshkosh the lead for good at 9-8 with 16:15 remaining in the opening period. Schrimpf made all five of his shots from the field, including four three-pointers, and two of his three free-throws to finish the game with 16 points. He also dished off five assists.

UW-Oshkosh's Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca) had a big performance by totaling 10 points and 12 rebounds for his first career double-double. Johnson was helped out by Dane Seckar-Anderson’s (Jr. • Oshkosh) second straight game of 20-plus points. Seckar-Anderson posted 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and 6-of-6 accuracy from the free-throw line. He also pulled in five rebounds, recorded two steals and distributed three assists.

UW-Oshkosh bombed UW-Stout (3-5/0-3 WIAC) with 9-of-14 three-point shooting (64.3 percent) in the first half. Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) made four three-point shots in the first half, including one that gave the Titans a 26-18 lead with 10:27 left the period. Miller finished the game with 14 points and two assists.

Schrimpf connected on two three-point shots in a span of three possessions to stretch the Titans' lead to 37-28 at the 3:40 mark of the opening period. Johnson and Miller each drained a three-pointer in the final 24 seconds of the first half, with Miller’s going through the net as time expired.

The Blue Devils did not get any closer than 17 points in the second half. Jerrel Enerson-Matthews hit a three-point shot to make it 52-35 two minutes into the period. Enerson-Matthews scored 19 points for UW-Stout while racking up four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

In addition to the performance of Enerson-Matthews, UW-Stout also received 15 points and seven rebounds from John Donald.

UW-Oshkosh shot 51.9 percent (27-52) from the field, including 54.5 percent (12-22) behind the three-point line. The Titans, who are off to their first 7-0 start since the 1997-98 season, shot 83.3 percent from the free-throw line by making 15-of-18 attempts.

UW-Stout connected on 23 of its 57 shots (40.4 percent) from the field. The Blue Devils shot 31.6 percent (6-19) behind the three-point arc and 81.8 percent (9-11) from the free-throw stripe.

Both teams had 15 turnovers, with UW-Oshkosh winning the rebounding battle, 34-29.

Titans Topple Sixth-Ranked Warhawks

Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson), D. J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) and Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh) combined for 69 points as the UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team upset sixth-ranked UW-Whitewater, 80-74, on Wednesday (Dec. 5) in Kolf Sports Center.

The victory was the Titans’ second over a team ranked in the top 13 of the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com this season. Last Wednesday (Nov. 28) in Kolf Sports Center, UW-Oshkosh nipped 13th-ranked Elmhurst College (Ill.), 88-86.

Miller led UW-Oshkosh (6-0/2-0 WIAC) in scoring with 24 points, including 15 on 5-of-6 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Marsh made all seven of his free throws and scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half. He also grabbed four rebounds, dished out three assists and blocked two shots.

Seckar-Anderson tallied 14 of his 22 points in the first half. He shot 10-of-15 from the field and 2-of-3 from the free-throw line. Seckar-Anderson also collected nine rebounds, dished off five assists and blocked two shots.

UW-Oshkosh jumped on UW-Whitewater (4-1/1-1 WIAC) early, amassing a 6-0 lead 2:33 into play. UW-Whitewater’s Myles McKay converted a lay-up off of an offensive rebound to tie the contest at 19 with 9:11 remaining in the opening period.

After the Warhawks equaled the score at 21 for the second and last tie of the contest, Miller took over and buried a trio of three-pointers in a four-minute span to launch the Titans to a 32-25 advantage with 2:43 left in the first half. The Titans went to intermission leading 34-27.

Seckar-Anderson continued his strong performance in the second half, scoring the Titans’ first six points. The Warhawks answered with an 8-2 scoring run to cut their deficit to just one point. Kevin Koski’s lay-up pulled UW-Whitewater to within 40-39 with 14:21 left in the game.

Marsh responded to the Titans’ shrinking lead with back-to-back three-point plays to give the Titans a 49-41 lead with 12:08 remaining in the game. UW-Oshkosh held a 62-53 lead before UW-Whitewater scored seven unanswered points to cut its deficit to 62-60 with 2:51 left. The two-point margin would be the closest the Warhawks would come the rest of the contest.

UW-Oshkosh stretched its lead to 76-65 during the next two minutes as Marsh and Ryan Johnsen (Sr. • Greendale) converted seven free throws and Seckar-Anderson slammed home a dunk on a fast break.

UW-Whitewater, which lost for the 14th time in its last 21 visits to Kolf Sports Center, was led in scoring by Kori Vernon's 17 points. The Warhawks also received 12 points from both Matt Goodwin and Myles McKay.

UW-Whitewater outrebounded UW-Oshkosh, 36-27, including 18-8 on the offensive end. McKay and Rob Perry both grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Warhawks.

UW-Oshkosh took care of the basketball as it committed just seven turnovers. UW-Whitewater had only 10 miscues.

UW-Oshkosh, which never trailed UW-Whitewater, shot 54.5 percent (30-55) from the field and 35.7 percent (5-14) behind the three-point line. The Titans made 15 of their 17 free throws for 88.2 percent accuracy.

UW-Whitewater shot 43.3 percent (26-60) from the field, 18.8 percent (3-16) behind the three-point arc and 82.6 percent (19-23) from the free-throw line.

Titans Bring Down Falcons In WIAC Opener

With all five starters providing all of the scoring, the UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team opened WIAC play with a 71-62 victory over UW-River Falls on Saturday (Dec.1) in Kolf Sports Center. 

Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) led UW-Oshkosh's five-man scoring parade with 20 points, while D.J. Marsh (So. • Bayside), Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh) and Greg Schrimpf (Fr. • Manitowoc) tallied 13 each and Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca) 12.

Johnson ignited UW-Oshkosh (5-0/1-0 WIAC) in the early going by registering seven points and three steals in the first five minutes of play. The Titans hit five consecutive shots, including three-point attempts from Johnson, Marsh, and Miller, on their way to a 15-6 advantage with 15:06 remaining in the first half. The Falcons’ Courtney Davis later drained a three-point shot of his own to cut the Titans’ lead to 20-15 at the 11:24 mark of the period.

UW-Oshkosh stretched its advantage with a 13-5 scoring run near the end of the first half. Seckar-Anderson converted a three-point play after Schrimpf drained a three-point shot to put the Titans up 30-20. Miller followed with five straight points to increase the Titans' lead to 33-20 with 4:20 left in the stanza. Schrimpf then made a lay-up at the horn to give UW-Oshkosh a 37-30 advantage at the break.

Led by the six points of Willie Wright, UW-River Falls took a brief 38-37 advantage in the first two minutes of the second half. Miller then put the Titans ahead for good at 45-44 by hitting a pair of free throws with 12:09 to play.

Leading 54-52, UW-Oshkosh put the contest out of reach with a 12-4 scoring run. Seckar-Anderson started the spree with a lay-up and two free throws while Marsh finished the streak with 39 seconds remaining in the game on a three-point play.

UW-River Falls (2-4/0-1 WIAC) had two players in double-figure scoring as Davis tallied 12 points and Nate Robertson 11. Both players grabbed a team-best seven rebounds.

The Titans overcame a 34-18 discrepancy in the rebounding department by getting to the free-throw line 16 more times than the Falcons. Johnson hit seven of his eight shots from the charity stripe as UW-Oshkosh made 18 of its 21 attempts (85.7 percent). UW-River Falls made four of its five free throws (80 percent).

From the field, UW-Oshkosh shot 50 percent (22-44), including 52.9 percent (9-17) behind the three-point line. UW-River Falls shot 48.1 percent (26-54) from the field, including 35.3 percent (6-17) from three-point range.

UW-Oshkosh had 10 turnovers in the contest and UW-River Falls 16.

Titans Knock Off 13th-Ranked Bluejays

D.J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) hit a baseline jump shot with 0.5 seconds remaining to lift the UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team to an 88-86 victory over nationally-ranked Elmhurst College (Ill.) on Wednesday (Nov. 28) in Kolf Sports Center.

Marsh finished the game with a career-high 28 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field and 9-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line. He also tallied five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Also posting a career scoring best for the Titans (4-0) was Greg Schrimpf (Fr. • Manitowoc). Schrimpf counted 27 points, including 11 in a five-minute span early in the second half, on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 12-of-13 shooting from the free-throw line. Schrimpf also snatched two rebounds and dished off two assists.

Elmhurst College (3-1), which entered the contest ranked 13th in the NCAA Division III by D3hoops.com, received an impressive effort from Brent Ruch. Ruch scored 29 points on 14-of-17 shooting from the field and 1-of-1 shooting from the free-throw line. He also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked one shot.

The game featured 21 lead changes, including nine in the last eight minutes of play, and 11 ties. The Bluejays’ Ryan Burks hit a trio of free throws with 1:38 remaining in the contest to give Elmhurst College an 82-81 advantage. Schrimpf responded on the ensuing possession by making two of three free throws to help the Titans retake the lead with 1:05 left.

Eight seconds later, Robert Strzemp connected on a mid-range jumper to shift the advantage back to the Bluejays at 84-83 with 57 seconds remaining. Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) then drained a long three-point shot with 31 seconds left to give the Titans an 86-84 lead. Miller finished the contest with nine points.

Ruch answered Miller’s shot with a jumper of his own to tie the contest at 86 with just 13 seconds to play. UW-Oshkosh called a timeout with four seconds left to set up Marsh’s game-winning shot.

The Titans looked to be in a good rhythm early, jumping out to a 25-13 lead with 10:45 remaining in the first half. Marsh found the bottom of the net on his first four field goal attempts to score 11 points in the game’s first six minutes of action.

Elmhurst College fought back with a 27-12 scoring run to take a 40-37 lead with 1:13 to go in the first half. The Bluejays held a 42-40 advantage before Miller sank a three-point shot with one second left to give the Titans a 43-42 lead at the break.

UW-Oshkosh built a 65-58 lead with 12:01 left in the second half. Elmhurst College then used back-to-back three-point baskets from Matt Ryder and two lay-ups by Ruch to retake the lead at 70-67 with 8:38 to play. Following ties at 70, 73 and 75, UW-Oshkosh took a 80-77 lead on a lay-up by Marsh with 3:12 remaining.

In addition to the scoring of Marsh, Miller and Schrimpf, UW-Oshkosh also received 12 points from Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca) and 10 from Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh). Elmhurst College also benefited from the 11 points of both Burks and Dustin Bainter.

UW-Oshkosh was outstanding at the free-throw line as it made 32-of-36 attempts for 88.9 percent accuracy. Not to be outdone, Elmhurst College made all 12 of its free throws.

UW-Oshkosh shot 50 percent (24-48) from the field, including 44.4 percent (8-18) behind the three-point line. Elmhurst College, which defeated UW-Oshkosh, 55-52, a year ago, shot 61.8 percent (34-55) from the field. The Bluejays shot 40 percent (6-15) behind the three-point arc.

The game featured just 14 turnovers, with only five belonging to UW-Oshkosh. Both squads collected 23 rebounds.

Titans Fight Off Pesky Pipers

A late second half scoring spree helped the UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team pull away and defeat Hamline University (Minn.), 68-54, on Saturday (Nov. 24) in Baraboo.

The game was tied 45-45 with 8:40 to play before UW-Oshkosh (3-0) put together a 17-6 scoring run to take a 62-51 lead with 1:21 left. The Titans created the game's final verdict by outscoring the Pipers, 6-3, the rest of the contest.

UW-Oshkosh (3-0) assembled three 10-point leads in the first half, with the latest being an 18-8 score with 8:48 left in the period. Hamline University (0-3) cut its deficit to 25-17 and settled for a 32-24 disadvantage at intermission.

UW-Oshkosh increased its lead to 34-24 before Hamline University scored 11 consecutive points to take a 35-34 advantage with 16:36 left in the game. The teams stayed within three points of each other until UW-Oshkosh steadily broke away from a 45-45 deadlock.

UW-Oshkosh's D.J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) scored a game-high 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line. Marsh also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, dished off three assists and recorded three steals.

The Titans also benefited from the 19 points and three steals of Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson). Miller scored all of his points on 3-of-8 shooting behind the three-point line and 10-of-10 shooting from the free-throw stripe.

UW-Oshkosh also had Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh) score eight points and grab five rebounds and Luke Miller (So. • Elk Grove Village, Ill.) tally three points and collect seven rebounds.

Tony Thrasher scored 14 points and grabbed four rebounds to lead Hamline University, while Luke Johansen tallied nine points and snatched four rebounds. The Pipers also received seven points, four rebounds and two assists from Kwame Herzog.

UW-Oshkosh shot 40.5 percent (17-42) from the field, 23.5 percent (4-17) behind the three-point line and 93.8 percent (30-32) from the free-throw line. The Titans held off their first-time opponent by making their last 16 free throws and posting a 31-24 rebounding advantage.

Hamline University shot 44.9 percent (22-49) from the field, including 52.2 (12-23) in the second half. The Pipers also shot 30.8 percent (4-13) behind the three-point line and 40 percent (6-15) from the free-throw line. Hamline University had 15 of the game's 28 turnovers.

Titans Run Away From Lions

Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) tallied a career-high 24 points to lead four double-figure scorers as the UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team defeated Finlandia University (Mich.), 91-70, on Friday (Nov. 23) in Baraboo.

Miller made eight of his 15 shots from the field, including six of his 12 attempts behind the three-point line. He also made two free throws in as many attempts, dished off five assists and grabbed three rebounds.

Other double-figure scorers for UW-Oshkosh (2-0) were Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca) with 18 points, Greg Schrimpf (Fr. • Manitowoc) with 13 and D.J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) with 11. It was career scoring bests for both Johnson and Schrimpf.

Ryan Artley registered 31 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 shooting from the free-throw line to lead Finlandia University (0-3) in scoring. Artley scored 20 of his points in the second half. The Lions, who have lost all seven of their games with UW-Oshkosh, also received 16 points from Tyler Gordon and 14 from Tucker Thoreson.

UW-Oshkosh led 39-36 at intermission and pulled away from Finlandia University with a big second half. The Titans outscored the Lions, 52-34, over the final 20 minutes of play by making 18 of their 30 shots (60 percent) from the field and 12 of their 14 tosses (85.7 percent) from the free-throw line.

Tied 39-39, UW-Oshkosh went on a 13-3 scoring run to take a 52-49 advantage with 15:09 left in the game. The Titans extended their lead to 71-56 before the Lions ran off eight straight points to cut their deficit to 71-64 with 5:01 to play. UW-Oshkosh put Finlandia University away with a game-ending 20-6 scoring run, including six points by Johnson.

Finlandia University opened the game with a 13-6 lead. UW-Oshkosh then went on a 19-2 scoring spree to take a 22-15 advantage with 9:33 left in the opening period. The Lions battled back to regain the lead at 28-27 before the Titans closed the half with a 12-8 scoring run.

UW-Oshkosh shot 53.2 percent (33-62) from the field and 80 percent (16-20) from the free-throw line. The Titans made nine of their 20 three-point shots (45 percent).

Finlandia University shot 55.1 percent (27-49) from the field, 33.3 percent (6-18) behind the three-point line and 66.7 percent (10-15) from the free-throw stripe.

UW-Oshkosh won the rebounding battle, 36-20. Marsh led the Titans with nine rebounds, while Artley and Erik Bresette paced the Lions with four each.

Finlandia University committed 19 turnovers and UW-Oshkosh 16.

Titans' Season Opener A Success

Career scoring bests of 27 points by D.J. Marsh (So. • Bayside) and 18 by Dane Seckar-Anderson (Jr. • Oshkosh) led the UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball team to a 78-68 season-opening victory over St. Norbert College on Wednesday (Nov. 21) in De Pere.

UW-Oshkosh, which won its season opener for the 22nd time in 24 years, never trailed St. Norbert College (1-2) as it posted its 10th straight victory over the Green Knights. The win was also the 300th (300-156 record) in the career of UW-Oshkosh head coach Ted Van Dellen.

Marsh scored his 27 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line. He also grabbed seven rebounds, dished off four assists and blocked one shot.

Seckar-Anderson counted his 18 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 shooting from the charity stripe. Seckar-Anderson also collected 10 rebounds for his first career double-double, blocked three shots and dished off two assists.

UW-Oshkosh had two other double-figure scorers as Ryan Johnsen (Sr. • Greendale) and Matt Miller (Jr. • Hudson) tallied 10 points each. Jordan Johnson (Sr. • Waupaca) added seven points and a career-best 12 rebounds.

Tony Jandron and Eric Bieniasz each had 16 points for St. Norbert College, while Dave Wipperfurth contributed nine. Bieniasz also grabbed six rebounds and Wipperfurth five for the Green Knights.

Behind 11 points from Marsh, UW-Oshkosh jumped out to a 20-10 lead with 11:12 left in the first half. St. Norbert College then recorded 12 of the next 14 points to tie the score at 22-22 with 5:56 remaining in the opening period. The game was tied 24-24 before the Titans staged a 10-2 scoring run to take a 34-26 lead to intermission.

UW-Oshkosh built an 18-point lead at 62-44 with 7:04 left in the game. St. Norbert College wasn’t able to cut its deficit down to single digits until the score was 69-60 with 2:03 to play. The closest St. Norbert College got the rest of the contest was a 76-68 count with 26 seconds left.

UW-Oshkosh made 23 of its 47 shots (48.9 percent) from the field and 26 of its 30 attempts (86.7 percent) from the free-throw line. The Titans sank six of their 14 three-point shots (42.9 percent).

St. Norbert College shot 43.9 percent (25-57) from the field and 64.7 percent (11-17) from the free-throw line. The Green Knights made seven of their 16 three-point shots (43.8 percent).

UW-Oshkosh compiled a 40-24 rebounding advantage, including 12 offensive. The Titans committed 16 turnovers and the Green Knights eight.

Titans' 2007-08 Preview

With an average of nearly 20 victories (19.5) over the past 12 years, the UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball program looks to continue its winning tradition with an unfamiliar youth movement after losing five of last year’s 11 lettermen.

UW-Oshkosh is led by head coach Ted Van Dellen, who enters his 18th season at the school with a career coaching record of 299-156. Van Dellen, the longest-tenured coach in the WIAC, has guided the Titans to single digit losses in 10 of the past 12 seasons. His 299 career coaching victories rank sixth in WIAC history.

UW-Oshkosh is coming off a very successful 2006-07 campaign in which it posted a 21-6 overall record and finished second in the WIAC with a 12-4 mark. It was the Titans’ third 20-win season in the past six years, including a WIAC championship campaign in 2002.

The Titans’ success will be determined by how well the young players learn the system and how quickly the returning veterans move into leadership roles. Three 100-game starters and two 1,000-point scorers moved on in the past year and those three starting positions will be filled by players who look to continue UW-Oshkosh’s impressive run.

This year’s team will try to fill the void created by the graduation of an impressive trio. Jim Capelle, Chad Doedens and Kerry Gibson are all gone after starting a total of 311 games over the past four seasons. In all, the Titans lose 56 percent of their points and 64 percent of their rebounds from a year ago.

Capelle leaves UW-Oshkosh as the seventh-leading scorer in UW-Oshkosh history with 1,559 points. He also ranks fifth in career three-point field goals with 186. The three-time All-WIAC first team selection also pulled down 613 rebounds while starting 107 games for the Titans.

Taking 272 assists with him, Chad Doedens closed his career with the eighth-highest assist total in UW-Oshkosh history. Doedens started 104 games and scored 585 points during his career.

There will be a very large hole to replace at the center position with the departure of Kerry Gibson. The 7-foot-1 center racked up 351 career blocked shots for the highest total in WIAC history and the 12th-highest mark in NCAA Division III annals. Gibson also reeled in 670 rebounds and scored 1,161 points during his 100 starting assignments as a Titan. Gibson received All-WIAC first team honors last season.

Five lettermen return from last year’s squad, including senior forward Jordan Johnson (Waupaca). Johnson started 18 games last year and averaged 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. The team captain will be counted on to cover the opponent’s top scoring threat as Johnson is UW-Oshkosh’s best defensive player.

Junior forward Dane Seckar-Anderson (Oshkosh) will take over as the man in the middle and has some very big shoes to fill after Gibson’s exit. He becomes a full-time starter after averaging 7.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game last season. Seckar-Anderson shot 55 percent from the floor and played in all 27 contests, starting four of them.

The Titans expect sophomore forward D.J. Marsh (Bayside) to be among the team’s leading scorers. Last year, Marsh started all 27 games and averaged 10.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest. He also made 42 percent of his three-point shots.

The point guard spot now belongs to junior Matt Miller (Hudson), who entered every game last season coming off of the bench. Miller averaged 4.8 points per game last year and 4.9 points per game the previous season. He connected on 45.7 percent of his three-point shots during the 2006-07 season.

Returning seniors Ryan Johnsen and Matt Dirkmann will battle for playing time at the shooting guard position. Johnsen played in 23 games last season and scored 52 points while shooting 43.8 percent behind the three-point line. Dirkmann scored one point in five games of action during the 2006-07 year.

Other Titans looking to make significant contributions this year are junior forward Scott Smith (Blanchardville), sophomore forward Luke Miller (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) and freshmen guards Brady Borgardt (Oshkosh), Andy Kretsch (Manitowoc) and Greg Shrimpf (Manitowoc).

Sophomore forward John Polkowski (Goodman), freshmen forwards Jeremiah Grothe (Hancock) and Cory Wittwer (Fall Creek) and junior guard Derek Khan (Greenfield) also look to compete for playing time.