Jacob Landgraf

River Falls’ Jacob Landgraf hits a fade-away jumper in the lane in the first half of the Wildcats’ 45-30 victory over Menomonie Friday night, Jan. 7, in River Falls. Bob Burrows / Star-Observer photo

It’s not how many points you score, it’s how many you give up that determines whether you win or lose.

After scoring 46 points in an 11-point victory over Eau Claire North earlier in the week, the River Falls boys basketball team scored 45 Friday at home against Menomonie. But they held the Mustangs to just 15 points in each half for a 45-30 win.

The victory was the fifth straight for the Wildcats and their 10th in 11 games, while moving them to 5-1 in Big Rivers Conference play, one game behind BRC leader Eau Claire Memorial.

Both the Wildcats and Mustangs struggled to score in the first half Friday night, with the Cats crawling out to an 18-15 halftime lead. An 8-0 second half run by River Falls spurred them to the 15-point victory.

Michael Schurman finished with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists in the win while Ethan Campbell had 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists and Jacob Landgraf and Preston Johnson contributed six points each.

The Wildcats totalled 14 assists on their 19 field goals but were just 2-of-13 from 3-point range and 5-of-13 from the free throw line. Menomonie wasn’t any better, shooting 2-of-13 from long range and 2-of-6 from the line. The Wildcats held Menomonie’s 6-foot, 10-inch senior Noah Federson to 10 points and three rebounds. Trey Mensing led the Menomonie with 11 points as the Mustangs dropped to 5-5 overall, 1-4 in the BRC.

After hosting Holmen (3-7) in a nonconference game Tuesday night, Jan. 11, River Falls will return to BRC play Friday, Jan. 14 at Chippewa Falls (1-10, 1-4).

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