Men’s basketball advances to WIAC Tournament Semifinals
February 26, 2016
The UW-River Falls men’s basketball team pulled off a victory against UW-Whitewater in the first round of the WIAC Tournament, Wednesday, Feb. 24, at home in the Karges Center. After losing in the regular season to the Warhawks twice, the Falcons were able to control the ball for most of the game.
Fans came out in impressive numbers, dressed in red to support their 4th ranked Falcons. The Warhawks ended their regular season ranked 5th in the conference. Despite the Warhawks ending the season ranked lower, they were favored to win this game.
The teams kept it close for most of the first half. The Falcons and Warhawks were virtually tied in stats at halftime with 16 rebounds each. However, UWRF managed to head to the locker room leading UWW 37-31.
The second half seemed to be a different game with Whitewater’s Trinson White dominating the Falcons offensively. The Warhawks managed to get within one point of UWRF, but the Falcons quickly took back control.
Tensions were high as the teams fought for the first round victory. So much so that UWW’s Isaac Quinn was ejected from the game after he attempted to fight Falcon’s senior, Connor Goodwin. After this, UWRF was able to keep their momentum and finish strong, winning 80-66.
UWRF will play in the WIAC Tournament Semifinal on Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. The location and team is TBD.