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Falcons earn home tourney game

A 77-61 win over UW-Eau Claire Wednesday, Feb. 14 was good enough to earn the UW-River Falls men's basketball team a home game for the first round of the WIAC Tournament despite losing at UW-Platteville, 81-69, three days later.

UWRF and UW-Whitewater entered the final week of the regular season tied for fourth place in the WIAC standings at 6-6 each. The Falcons held the tiebreaker over the Warhawks thanks to their season sweep but didn't need it in the end as UWRF went 1-1 in its final two games while the Warhawks went 0-2,

The Falcons and Warhawks will meet for the third time this season in a WIAC first round game Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at Page Arena. The winner will face either top-seeded UW-Platteville or No. 2 UW-Stevens Point Friday, Feb. 23, at the home of the higher seed. The WIAC title game, with the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line, is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 25.

Last Wednesday at home against Eau Claire, Brennan Witt and Alex Herink both posted double-doubles and five Falcons scored in double figures as UWRF pulled away late for a 77-61 victory.

The Falcons led by three, 48-45, with 13:42 remaining before going on a 14-5 run over the next five minutes to break the game open.

Witt finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Herink had 10 points and 10 boards while Julian Jackson scored 14, Clay Seifert had 11 and Matt Keller added 10. UWRF dominated the boards, outrebounding UWEC 48-22.

Saturday the Falcons outscored Platteville 52-43 in the second half but it wasn't enough to overcome a 21-point halftime deficit in an 81-69 loss to the Pioneers in Platteville.

Herink finished with 18 points and eight rebounds to lead UWRF and Matthew Timlin scored 11 points while Jalen Greenlee finished with 10.

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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