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Falcons keep pace in WIAC

UW-River Falls' senior Wade Guerin follows through on a hook shot in the lane for two of his 13 points in the Falcons' 61-53 victory over UW-Platteville Saturday at Karges Center. Bob Burrows photo.

UW-River Falls' senior Shane Manor continued to make his case for All-American and the Falcons men's basketball team remained tied for first place in the WIAC as Manor led the team to victories over UW-Stout and UW-Platteville last week.

Manor scored a team-high 18 points in both wins, adding ten rebounds to his stat line in the Falcons' 72-50 victory at Stout last Wednesday and hitting 8-of-12 shots from the field in UWRF's 61-53 home victory Saturday over Platteville.

Manor has scored 12 or more points in all 20 games this season and is averaging just over 18 points, third-best in the WIAC.

More importantly, the Falcons remain tied with UW-Whitewater and UW-Stevens Point atop the WIAC standings, all at 9-2. UWRF, now 15-5 overall, travels to UW-Eau Claire (5-6, 13-7) this Saturday, Feb. 4, and returns home to host UW-Superior (5-6, 11-9) Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m.

The Yellowjackets handed the Falcons one of their conference losses, 85-82, Jan. 18, in Superior. UWRF's other WIAC loss was an 84-70 setback at Whitewater Jan. 7. The Falcons and Warhawks will face each other again in the final game of the regular season, Saturday, Feb. 18, at 5 p.m. at Karges Center.

Last Saturday the Falcons had a hard time shaking Platteville until Manor hit a layup to give UWRF the lead for good, 46-44.

The Falcons led by nine at the break and were up 42-31 early in the second half before an 8-0 Pioneer run cut the lead to three.

UWRF led by just two, 55-53, with 58 seconds remaining but the Falcon defense held Platteville scoreless the rest of the way while converting 4-of-4 free throws down the stretch.

The Falcons dominated at the free throw line, converting 13-of-17 chances while holding Platteville (5-6, 11-9) to just four attempts, all misses.

Wade Guerin contributed 13 points in the win while Ollie White added nine points and a team-high, six rebounds. Aaron Anderson also scored nine points as the falcons improved to 6-0 at home.

Last Wednesday at Stout, Manor had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Colin Utke had 15 points off the bench as the Falcons cruised to a 72-50 victory. Brian Kimble added 13 points and eight assists while White finished with 11 points and six rebounds.

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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