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Titans Unable To Hold Off Knights

Andre Wallace scored six points while totaling four rebounds and four steals against the Knights.
Andre Wallace scored six points while totaling four rebounds and four steals against the Knights.

Alex Olson scored 24 points and AJ Mueller 20 during UW-Oshkosh's 75-63 loss to the Calvin College (Mich.) men's basketball team on Saturday (Dec. 20) in Kolf Sports Center.

Olson recorded his highest point total of the season by making 8 of 14 shots from the field and 3 of 5 free throws. He converted five 3-point shots while counting five steals, two rebounds and two assists.

Mueller tallied his career-high scoring mark by making 7 of 10 shots from the field and 4 of 8 tosses from the free-throw line. He made a pair of 3-point shots while totaling seven rebounds and four assists.

In addition to the efforts of Olson and Mueller, UW-Oshkosh (5-5) received six points, four rebounds and four assists from Andre Wallace.

Calvin College, which captured NCAA Division III titles in 1992 and 2000, had four double-figure scorers. Jordan Brink led the Knights with 21 points and six rebounds, while Brad Visser added 13 points and Connor Vander Brug 11.

UW-Oshkosh took a quick 6-0 lead on a pair of 3-point baskets from Olson. Calvin College (6-4) answered with seven straight points of its own to take a 7-6 advantage at the 13:35 mark of the opening period.

The Titans regained the lead and built a 20-16 advantage before the Knights went on a 13-4 run to go in front, 29-24, with 1:49 left before the break. An Olson layup with 32 seconds remaining cut UW-Oshkosh's deficit to 31-29 at intermission.

UW-Oshkosh erased its halftime deficit and took a 36-33 lead with 16:39 left to play. Calvin College then went ahead for good at 37-36 and proceeded to score eight of the next nine points to take a 45-37 lead with 12:56 remaining.

The Titans got as close as 53-49 with 7:13 left, but the Knights ended the UW-Oshkosh threat with 10 straight points to take a 63-49 lead with 4:41 remaining.

Calvin College maintained a lead of nine-plus points for the final 1:40 of play by draining all eight of its free throws. The Knights ended the contest shooting a perfect 12-for-12 from the charity stripe.

UW-Oshkosh posted shooting marks of 40 percent (20-50) from the field, 32.1 percent (9-28) from 3-point range and 51.9 percent (14-27) from the free-throw line. The Titans committed 11 turnovers.

Calvin College shot 52.8 percent (28-53) from the field, including 38.9 (7-18) behind the 3-point arc. The Knights committed 17 turnovers while collecting 38 of the game's 61 rebounds.

UW-Oshkosh is off until it hosts Carthage College on Dec. 31 in Kolf Sports Center.