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UW-River Falls senior Alex Herink (5) puts up a hook shot over UW-Oshkosh's Connor Duax in the first half of the 20th-ranked Falcons game against the No. 19 Titans Saturday, Jan. 27, at Page Arena. Herink led all scorers with 27 points but the Falcons fell to the Titans, 78-57. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

Three nights after hitting 14 three-pointers in a 77-63 victory over UW-Eau Claire Wednesday, Jan. 24 in Eau Claire, the 20th-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team made just five threes and was just 16-of-51 from the floor in a 78-57 loss to No. 19 UW-Oshkosh Saturday at Page Arena.

The Titans led by three, 29-26, at halftime before shooting 65.2 percent (15-of-23) from the field in the second half to pull away. Oshkosh scored 22 points off 15 Falcon turnovers and outscored UWRF by ten (28-18) in the paint.

Senior Alex Herink of Hudson led all scorers with 27 points but no other Falcon hit double figures. Clay Seifert of Prescott had eight points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Oshkosh had four players in double figures in scoring, led by Ben Boots with 15, while improving to 15-4 overall, 5-3 in WIAC play. It was the Titans' second win over the Falcons this season.

Three nights earlier at Zorn Arena in Eau Claire, Matt Keller was a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond the arc and led the Falcons with 20 points in a 77-63 victory over the Blugolds (9-10, 1-7).

UWRF led by 10 at the half, 40-30, before hitting 8-of-11 three-pointers in the second half on their way to the win. The Falcons opened their biggest lead, 56-40, on a three-pointer by Keller with 12:26 remaining.

Herink added 13 points in the win and Seifert had 12 points and six rebounds while Austin Heidecker contributed 10 points off the bench.

The Falcons shot 47.3 percent (26-of-55) from the field, including 14-of-22 from beyond the arc.

The Falcons return to action at home Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. against UW-La Crosse (11-8, 3-5) before visiting WIAC leader UW-Stevens Point (13-6, 7-1) Saturday, Feb. 3.

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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