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Fifth-ranked Falcons extend winning streak to 15

UW-River Falls junior Chris Laymon shoots a three-pointer from in front of his own bench in the second half of the Falcons 7-58 victory over UW-Stout Wednesday, Jan. 25, at UWRF's Karges Center. (River Falls Journal photo by Bob Burrows)

The fifth-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team matched its longest winning streak in program history with a 70-58 victory over UW-Stout Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Karges Center.

The win was the 15th straight for UWRF, evening the mark set by the 2010-11 team that earned the schol its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid. It also kept the Falcons perfect in WIAC play at the halfway point of the conference season with a record of 7-0. UW-Eau Claire, UW-Whitewater and UW-Oshkosh are all three games back at 4-3.

UWRF shot just 29 percent from the field in the first half against the Blue Devils but six of their ten field goals were from beyond the arc, allowing them to take a 28-27 lead at the break. Four different Falcons scored during a 9-2 second half run to extend the lead to double-digits, 45-35, with 11:30 remaining.

UWRF opened up its biggest lead, 54-39, on a layup by Devin Buckley with 7:20 left. The closest the Blue Devils were able to get after that was nine on two different occasions, the last with 1:04 to remaining with their final points of the game.

After struggling from the field in the first half the Falcons 56 percent (15-of-27) after intermission and finished with nine three-pointers in the game.

Hudson native Alex Herink posted his second straight double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and also registered two blocked shots while Buckley, Grant Erickson and Garrett Pearson scored 10 points each. Pearson also had six rebounds while Erickson had fours assists, four steals and zero turnovers.

The Falcons also got 19 points off the bench, led by Chris Laymon with seven.

UWRF, now 17-1 overall, will look for its school record 16th straight win when it visits UW-Stevens Point (9-8, 3-4 WIAC) this Saturday, Jan. 28. The Falcons needed a late basket by Herink to edge the Pointers 69-68 in their previous meeting Jan. 14 in River Falls.

See the Feb. 2 print edition of the Rive 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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