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Falcons beat La Crosse for 17th straight

Devin Buckley scored 17 of his team-high 19 points in the second half and the fourth-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team erased a 12-0 deficit at the start to extend its' school-record winning streak to 17 games with a 73-59 over UW-La Crosse Wednesday night, Feb. 1, at Karges Center.

UWRF trailed by one, 27-26, at the break before Buckley scored 11 straight points to open the second half on three three-pointers and a layup to give the Falcons a 39-36 lead.

The Falcons used an 11-0 run later in the half, capped by a Matt Keller four-point play, to widen the gap to 14, 58-44, with 9:25 remaining. UWRF took its biggest lead, 71-52, on a layup by Booker Coplin with 3:28 to play.

Keller finished with a career-high 16 points off the bench and Alex Herink contributed 16 points and six rebounds while Grant Erickson dished out three assists to move into fourth place on UWRF's all-time assist list.

The Falcons moved to 19-1 overall, 9-0 in the WIAC, while defending WIAC champion La Crosse slipped to 10-10 overall, 2-7 in conference play.

UWRF will host UW-Oshkosh (12-8, 5-4) this Saturday, Feb. 4, at 5 p.m. The Falcons defeated the Titans, 79-57, Jan. 21 in Oshkosh.

See the Feb. 9 print edition of the River Falls Journal for more.

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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