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UW-RF men take early lead in WIAC hoops standings

UW-River Falls junior Shane Manor hits a jumper for two of his team-high 11 points in the Falcons' 75-51 win over UW-Eau Claire Wednesday night at Karges Center.

Fresh off their weekend win over top-ranked UW-Stevens Point, the 18th-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team routed UW-Eau Claire, 75-51, Wednesday night at Karges Center to take over sole possession of first place in the WIAC.

The Falcons and Blugolds entered the game as the only undefeated teams in conference play, each at 2-0.

UW-RF used a smothering defense and a balanced offense that saw nine players finish with at least six points in the win. Shane Manor was the Falcons' leading scorer with 11 points.

The Falcons led by eight at the half before outscoring the Blugolds 37-21 in the second half to secure the victory.

Eau Claire trimmed the half-time lead to three early in the second half, before UW-RF went on a 15-4 run and never looked back. The 24-point ending margin was the largest lead of the evening for the Falcons.

In addition to Manor's team-high 11 points, Jontae Koonkaew, Aaron Anderson, UT Udo, Brady Hannigan and Brian Kimble scored eight points apiece and Jake Voeltz contributed seven points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.

The Falcons, now 3-0 in the WIAC, 7-2 overall, play next at UW-Oshkosh (1-1, 3-3) Saturday at 4 p.m. They return to Karges Center to host Hamline (3-3) in a nonconference game Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m. before a two-week break.

The UW-RF women also defeated UW-Eau Claire Wednesday night, 65-64, in Eau Claire to improve to 2-1 in the WIAC, 6-2 overall. The Blugolds dropped to 1-2 in the WIAC, 4-4 overall.

Maranda Dorhn's three-pointer with 1:25 remaining gave the Falcons the one-point lead and were the final points of the game. Alise Holst led the Falcons with 18 points.

The UW-RF women are currently ranked 25th in the nation and face UW-Oshkosh (1-1, 6-4) Saturday in Oshkosh.

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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