Pointers end first half of conference play at top of WIAC
By John Kemmeter
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) men’s basketball team went on the road and knocked off second ranked UW-Whitewater (14-3, 4-2) Wednesday, Jan. 17, and then came back from a second-half deficit to beat UW-Platteville (14-3, 4-2) at home Saturday, Jan. 20, to remain alone at the top of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) standings at 6-0.
The Pointers (12-5) were set to close out the first half of the WIAC season at 19th-ranked UW-Oshkosh (13-4, 3-3) Wednesday, Jan. 24, before they play at UW-La Crosse (10-7, 2-4) at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, and host Whitewater at Bennett Court at Quandt Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31.
“The focus we’re trying to keep our guys on is, ‘don’t look at the finish line, this is a marathon, it’s not a sprint, we’re only just getting to the halfway point and we’ve got a long way to go,’” said UWSP men’s basketball head coach Bob Semling. “We’ve adopted a theme, ‘the first team to 12,’ just to get our guys focused on not getting caught up in the fact that we’re 6-0, but getting us focused on, ‘it’s going to take 12 wins to win this league outright, or maybe that’ll be a share.’
“Platteville can still get there, Whitewater can still get there, and we obviously can still get there,” he said. “So, we want to roll up our sleeves and just stay on task and continue to get back to work.”
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