The Pointers got off to a quick start but shortly after it was the Falcons that began a run midway through the first half. Then, Point grabbed a hold of the momentum and got a lead that the Falcons would reduce to just three at 28-25.
The second half was evenly matched throughout as neither team got out to a very large lead. The game was tied at 68 with under a minute remaining with the Pointers holding the ball, however a turnover led to the Falcons getting an opportunity at a buzzer beater which fell short, leading to overtime.
Thirteen of the overtime’s 21 combined points came from free throws, ten by River Falls. The Falcons never trailed in overtime and only missed three free throws.
Falcon senior forward Shane Manor scored five of his game high 26 points in overtime, converting five of six free throws. Senior center Wade Gueren added 13 and senior guard Brian Kimble scored 12.
Junior guard Tyler Tillema led the Pointers with 22. Sophomore forward Trevor Hass and senior guard Dan Tillema added 12 and 11, respectively.
The Pointers shot just over 38 percent from the field in the first half but improved to 48 percent on 12 of 25 in the second. Point also improved from behind the arc, shooting 3 of 11 in the first half and 3 of 8 in the second.
River Falls improved their field goal shooting in the second half as well, soaring from under 40 percent to over 60 percent.
River Falls dominated the Pointers in the paint, scoring 40 points compared to UWSP’s 28. The Falcons also received some help off the bench with 22 points, while Point only had 13.
The Falcons took advantage of the free throw category as well, visiting the stripe 11 more times than Point and converting just as many.
Point went into the game ranked 11 by d3hoops.com and are now tied with River Falls in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 7-2 record. Next on the schedule for Point is WIAC leading University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Tipoff is at 7:00 p. m. in Whitewater.