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Men’s basketball looks toward last game of regular season

February 21, 2008

The UW-River Falls men’s basketball team is coming up on its final regular season game of the year at 1 p.m. against UW-Whitewater.

The season has been alright for the Falcons so far, with a record of 9-15. However, the team’s good spirits have been contributing to their successes. 

“It’s really important that we come together as a team for this upcoming game,” senior captain Scott Kelly said. 

Falcon basketball fans welcomed a victory against UW-La Crosse Feb. 13 during the “Kram Karges” game. Hundreds of fans cheered for the team and the environment had a positive impact on sophomore point guard Deonte Compton.

“We feed off the energy.  If the fans could come out, I’m pretty sure that would help us,” Compton said. 

Though head coach Jeff Berkhof feels that the Falcons’ season is not going as well as he would like, the team still approaches every match-up simply “to play well and win the game.”

Whitewater’s men’s basketball team is currently nationally ranked, a Falcon victory in Saturday’s match-up would be extremely conducive to their overall success this season.

In the WIAC, eight of the nine teams will advance to the playoffs and compete in the conference tournament. The conference champion will then receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

The Falcons will try for a victory in the game at Whitewater Saturday.

“It’s exciting,” Compton said. “It’s nerve wracking at the same time because we don’t know which teams we will be matched up with.”