UW-Stout Slips Past Men's Basketball, 53-50

UW-Stout Slips Past Men's Basketball, 53-50

MENOMONIE, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-Platteville men's basketball team led for nearly 39 minutes but 17 turnovers was one too many as UW-Stout slipped past the Pioneers, 53-50, on Saturday afternoon in Johnson Fieldhouse. 

The Pioneers led the entire first-half and took a commanding 12-4 lead in the opening eight minutes.  The Blue Devils stopped the Pioneers from running away with the game and went on a 8-0 run, tying it up at 12-12 with 8:40 left in the half. UW-Platteville managed to take a 28-24 lead into halftime with Chas Cross nearly earning a double-double in the opening half with nine rebounds and eight points.

UW-Stout made some excellent halftime adjustments and took it first lead of the game, 30-28 with just a minute into the second-half. The Pioneers countered with an eight unanswered points, 36-30 and grabbed their largest lead of the half, 43-35, with 11:19 left in the game.  Off the final media timeout, the Blue Devils scored six unanswered points cutting their deficit to a single point, 45-44, with 6:41 left to play.
With UW-Stout down by one with less than a minute to play, a jumper by Chris Hortman gave UW-Stout its second lead of the game, 49-48, with 23 seconds to play. The Pioneers missed an opportunity to regain the lead with less than 10 ticks left and Alex Oman nailed two free throws with five seconds left giving Stout a 51-48 lead. The Blue Devils fouled Cross and not allowing the Pioneers to tie the game up, but Cross made both free throws with 2.3 seconds left. Hortman sealed the Blue Devil victory by making both free throws with a second remaining, 53-50.

Cross led the Pioneers with his second straight double-double and his fifth of the season with his 17 points and 12 rebounds. The Winnebago, Ill. native, went 5-8 from the floor and 6-7 from the charity stripe. Eric Gerber was the only other Pioneer to score in double figures with 11 points. UW-Stout's Hortman led the team with 17 points and Oman was the only other Blue Devil to score double figures with 15 points.


The Pioneers stay on the road and travel to UW-Whitewater on Wednesday. Tip is set for 7 p.m. at Kachel Gymnasium.