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Warhawks Lock Up Titans In Second Half

Kyle Bolger tallied two points, two rebounds and three assists against the Warhawks.
Kyle Bolger tallied two points, two rebounds and three assists against the Warhawks.

Trinson White had a game-high 19 points and eight rebounds as UW-Whitewater produced a strong defensive effort in the second half to defeat UW-Oshkosh, 66-60, in a men's basketball contest held Wednesday (Jan. 20) in Kolf Sports Center.

UW-Oshkosh held a 55-47 lead with 9:23 remaining, but UW-Whitewater limited the Titans to one field goal the rest of the way and closed the game with a 19-5 scoring run that featured seven points from White and six on two 3-pointers by Haki Stampley.

UW-Whitewater tied the score at 58 on a long-range jumper by Stampley and took its first lead since the 14:51 mark of the first half on a pair of free throws by White. Two free throws by Charlie Noone cut UW-Oshkosh's deficit to 62-60 with 49 seconds to play, but Stampley drilled another 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to extend the Warhawk advantage to 65-60 with 25 ticks left.

The Titans missed a 3-pointer and a layup on their final two possessions, and UW-Whitewater's Cole Van Schyndel capped the scoring by splitting two free throws with four seconds remaining.

White made 7 of 11 shots from the field and converted all five of his free throws, while Stampley tallied 14 points and Van Schyndel 13 points and seven rebounds.

UW-Whitewater (12-4, 3-2 WIAC) ended the game shooting 50 percent (23-46) from the floor and 76.2 percent (16-21) from the foul line. The Warhawks went 4-for-6 (66.7 percent) from 3-point range during the second half after missing all five of their attempts from beyond the arc during the first period.

UW-Oshkosh (10-6, 3-2 WIAC) shot 44.2 percent (23-52) from the field and held a 13-7 advantage in assists. The Titans made 9 of 15 shots (60 percent) from behind the 3-point line in the first half but missed all nine of their long-range attempts in the second stanza.

Both teams hit seven of their first 10 field goals during the first eight minutes of play. Five of UW-Oshkosh's first six baskets were 3-pointers as the Titans built a 17-14 lead on a deep jumper by Noone less than seven minutes into the game.

UW-Oshkosh maintained an advantage over the next 31 minutes, including its largest cushion of 12 points at 30-18 with five minutes left in the first period.

UW-Whitewater scored nine unanswered points to pull within 30-27 on a layup by White with 2:36 to go in the first half, but UW-Oshkosh tallied eight of the last nine points of the period and increased its lead to 38-28 at intermission on a 3-pointer by Sean Dwyer at the buzzer.

Noone led the Titans with 17 points and five rebounds. He made 6 of 10 shots from the floor, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range.

Dwyer contributed 12 points, all on first-half 3-pointers, while Alex Olson had 10 points and a game-high four assists. Max Schebel chipped in nine points off the UW-Oshkosh bench.

The Titans host UW-Stout on Saturday (Jan. 23) in Kolf Sports Center.