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UW-RF Basketball update: Men knock off defending national champs

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Men's hoops knock off defending national champs, St. Thomas

The UW-River Falls men's basketball team knocked off defending NCAA Division III champions St. Thomas, 79-64, in the Falcons' home opener last Tuesday at Karges Center.

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UWRF followed up last Tuesday's win by splitting a pair of games at the Pacific Lutheran Thanksgiving Tournament in Parkland, Wash., over the weekend. They defeated Pacific Lutheran, 68-59, Friday night before losing to Puget Sound, 67-64 Saturday.

Last Tuesday at Karges Center, senior Shane Manor led four Falcons in double figures in scoring with 22 points. The Altoona native missed just one shot from the field, hitting 9-of-10 before getting into foul trouble midway through the second half.

Wade Guerin finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals while Chris Palmer had 11 points and six rebounds and Ollie White had 10 points, four rebounds and two steals.

UWRF took advantage of the Tommie mishaps, scoring 22 points off 15 turnovers, and adding 16 second-chance points.

"It was a great team effort tonight. We executed our game plan," said Falcon head coach Jeff Berkhof, "One of the keys was to handle their pressure and our guards did that."

The Falcons, now 4-2 overall, will open WIAC play Saturday, Dec. 3 at UW-Platteville at 5 p.m.

Holst buzzer-beater lifts women's hoops

Alise Holst hit a layup off an inbounds play under her own basket with less than one second remaining to lift the Falcon women's basketball team to a 61-60 victory at Concordia University of Wisconsin last Tuesday night.

Concordia led by seven with two minutes remaining but a stingy Falcon defense and execution in the clutch gave UWRF not only the victory, but a 4-0 record heading into the Thanksgiving break.

Senior Tiffany Gregorich of Altoona led the Falcons with 20 points while younger sister Brittany Gregorich contributed 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Maranda Dohrn pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds and chipped in eight points.

UWRF outrebounded Concordia 37-24 but went to the free throw line just six times, making three. Concordia was 11-of-15 from the line.

The Falcon women return to action Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at Karges Center against St. Scholastica. They open WIAC play Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. at UW-Platteville.

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