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Falcons score comeback win

UW-River Falls' sophomore Ben Gresmer of Hudson hits a shot in the lane in the first half of the Falcons' 79-73 victory over St. John's Saturday, Dec. 29, at Karges Center. Gresmer came off the bench to score six points in five minutes of action. Bob Burrows photo

The UW-River Falls men's basketball team battled back from a 12-point second half deficit to post a 79-73 victory over St. John's Saturday, Dec. 29, at Karges Center.

The Falcons scored 16 consecutive points over a span of nearly five minutes in the second half to earn their second straight win and improve to 5-7 on the season.

UWRF trailed 48-36 four minutes into the second half before clawing their way back. A David Berthene jumper cut the Johnnie's lead to single digits and a three-pointer by Zach Peterson made it a five-point game, 53-48, with 12:42 remaining.

Freshman Sam Meyer hit a three that tied the game, 56-56, with 8:36 remaining, marking the first time the Falcons were even with the Johnnies in more than 21 minutes.  

On the next possession, UT Udo grabbed a defensive rebound before going coast-to-coast and hitting the go-ahead layup with 7:32 to go. The Falcons would score 11 more points before the Johnnies could get on the board again as they cruised to a non-conference victory.

The score was tied six times in the first seven minutes before the Johnnies scored six straight points on their way to opening up a 10-point halftime lead, 41-31.

UWRF put together its best shooting game of the season, hitting 51 percent of their shots from the field. The eight three pointers were the most by the Falcon since the season opener.

Peterson recorded his second consecutive double-double and third on the season with a game-high 17 points and 11 rebounds. He also had three assists as a part of the Falcons season-high 20 assists and three blocks.

Arik Smith also had 15 points and four rebounds, while Udo contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Falcons resume WIAC action when they head to UW-Stevens Point this Thursday.