UW-Oshkosh recorded its highest shooting percentage in nearly three years as it coasted to an 85-55 victory over the Silver Lake College men's basketball team on Monday (Dec. 21) in Manitowoc.
UW-Oshkosh shot 61.5 percent (32-52) from the field, including 65.4 (17-26) in the first half, for its best effort since shooting 68.1 percent (49-72) against Grinnell College (Iowa) on January 4, 2007. The Titans also held Silver Lake College to just 33.3 percent (19-57) shooting from the field, the lowest mark by a UW-Oshkosh opponent since UW-Platteville shot 32.1 percent (18-56) on January 2, 2007.
The Titans (5-5) had 12 players score points, including D.J. Marsh (Sr. • Bayside) who tallied 17 and John Flanigan (So. • Oshkosh) who counted 15. Marsh also grabbed six rebounds, blocked two shots and dished of two assists, while Flanigan collected seven rebounds and served three assists.
Brian Washington (Fr. • Waukesha) added eight points and seven rebounds, while Greg Schrimpf (So. • Manitowoc) added nine points and Paul Wojahn (Fr. • Oshkosh) eight points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Silver Lake College, a first-time opponent of UW-Oshkosh, was led by the nine points and three assists of Brian Diorio, nine points of Kayne LaPlante and seven points, two assists and one rebound of Dwight Weathers.
The game was tied at 6 prior to UW-Oshkosh taking control of the contest with a 14-2 scoring run. Marsh opened the streak with a lay-up and then put the Titans ahead 20-8 on a three-point basket with 12:27 left in the first half.
Silver Lake College (0-11) came back with a 15-8 scoring spurt , including two three-point baskets by LaPlante, to cut its deficit to 28-23 with 5:34 to play in the first period. The Titans then scored 11 of the next 15 points to take a 39-27 lead to intermission.
UW-Oshkosh, which also hosts Silver Lake College on Feb. 20 in Kolf Sports Center, began the second half with a 20-6 scoring run. Flanigan accounted for six of those points, while Cory Wittwer (Jr. • Fall Creek) knocked down a jump shot and a three-pointer. Flanigan's hoop from close range with 11:31 remaining made it a 59-33 UW-Oshkosh advantage.
The margin drifted between 22 and 27 points until the game's last five minutes. Silver Lake College cut its deficit to 70-48 with 4:37 to go, but UW-Oshkosh capped its performance with a game-ending 15-7 scoring run. The Titans' largest lead of the contest was 85-41 with 52 seconds left.
UW-Oshkosh, which compiled a 43-22 rebounding advantage, shot 46.7 percent (7-15) behind the three-point arc and 82.4 percent (14-17) from the free-throw line. The Titans committed 16 turnovers.
Silver Lake College shot 37.5 percent (6-16) from three-point range and 61.1 percent (11-18) from the free-throw stripe. The Lakers turned the basketball over 11 times.
UW-Oshkosh returns to action with a road game at Marian University on Dec. 30.