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Falcons win twice at home

The tenth-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team kicked off its five game homestand with a pair of victories last week, rolling past UW-Superior, 98-68, Tuesday, Nov. 21, and holding off Hamline University, 68-60, Saturday, Nov. 25.

After hosting Carthage College Tuesday, Nov. 28, the Falcons will face Carleton College Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. and the University of St. Thomas Saturday, Dec. 9, before hitting the road for the first time in nearly a month.

The Falcons shot 74 percent from the floor in the first half against Superior last Tuesday on their way to building a 51-27 lead and never looked back on their way to a 30-point win over the Yellowjackets.

Eleven different players scored for UWRF, led by junior Austin Heidecker who came off the bench to score 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 from the free throw line. Heidecker also led the Falcons in rebounds with nine.

Senior Brennan Witt was perfect from the field and finished with 14 points while senior Alex Herink and freshman Ross Ingersoll scored 10 points each. Herink also pulled down seven rebounds.

UWRF shot 61 percent from the field for the game while outrebounding the Yellowjackets, 41-25. Seventeen different Falcons saw playing time in the win.

Saturday the Falcons built a 25-point lead midway through the second half against Hamline before holding off the Pipers for a 68-60 victory.

UWRF led 36-25 at the break and got a pair of layups by Herink to start the second half. Devin Buckley hit back-to-back three-pointers and Witt followed with a layup to give the Falcons their biggest lead of the game, 57-32, with 12:17 left but Hamline cut the lead to nine, 59-50, with 4:50 remaining.

Hamline got as close as six on three separate occasions in the final three minutes but a pair of free throws by Heidecker with nine seconds remaining made it an eight-point game.

Buckley led the Falcons with 15 points and Herink had 11 while Witt posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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