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UW-River Falls Falcon sports update

UW-River Falls Brittany Gregorich (20), Maranda Dohrn, Tiffany Gregorich (23) and alice Holst celebrate the Falcons' 67-63 win over eight-ranked UW-Stevens Point last Wednesday at Karges Center. Bob Burrows photo.

Men's basketball team in three way tie for first

The UW-River Falls men's basketball team split a pair of conference games against nationally-ranked opponents last week to create a logjam at the top of the WIAC standings.

The Falcons knocked off No. 13 UW-Stevens Point, 73-70, last Wednesday at Karges Center to take sole possession of first place. Saturday they fell to No. 10 UW-Whitewater, 84-70, to slip into a three-way tie for first with the Warhawks and Pointers at 4-1 in conference play.

UWRF (10-4 overall) is home for a pair of conference games this Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. against UW-La Crosse (3-2, 11-3), and Saturday, Jan. 14, at 5 p.m. against UW-Eau Claire (2-4, 9-5).

Last Wednesday the Falcons trailed the Pointers by as many as 14 points late in the first half but rallied back to win for the 16th time in their last 17 games at Karges Center.

The Falcons grabbed their first lead when Shane Manor hit a streaking Ollie White for an easy layup to put UWRF up 54-53 with 9:33 remaining. The basket came in the midst of a 12-0 Falcon run over a span of five minutes.

Manor, who led the Falcons with 21 points, hit two clutch free-throws with 20 second left to increase the UWRF lead to three, 71-68.

Saturday at Whitewater, the Warhawks opened the game on a 5-0 run and never looked back on their way to handing the Falcons their first loss of the season, 84-70.

The Falcons trailed by as many as 18, never got closer than seven, and couldn't contain the Warhawks' Chris Davis, who poured in 31 points for Whitewater.

Brian Kimble the UWRF with 19 points and six assists while grabbing five rebounds and two steals. Manor finished with 16 points.

Women's hoops splits in WIAC play

The 14th-ranked UW-River Falls women's basketball team knocked off No. 8 UW-Stevens Point, 67-63, last Wednesday before suffering its first WIAC loss of the season at UW-Whitewater, 64-53, on Saturday.

The Falcons, now 4-1 in conference play, 12-2 overall, visit UW-La Crosse (4-1, 11-3) Wednesday, Jan. 11, before hosting UW-Eau Claire (5-1, 12-3) Saturday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m.

Last Wednesday at home against Stevens Point, Tiffany Gregorich led the Falcons with 17 points while contributing five assists and three steals. Alise Holst added 15 points and six rebounds while Brittany Gregorich finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and three steals in a well-rounded game.

The Falcons lost at Whitewater, 64-53, despite a 15-point, 10-rebound effort by Maranda Dohrn Saturday.

Nikki Guhr finished with 12 points for UWRF while Tiffany Gregorich scored 11.

Men skaters win twice

The Falcon men's hockey team returned from its holiday break to post a pair of road wins--3-0 over St. John's Friday night and 3-1 over Concordia-Moorhead Saturday.

The Falcons (5-1-2 NCHA, 11-2-2 overall) will play their first home games of 2012 this weekend when they host UW-Stout (2-5-1, 6-8-1) Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Last Friday in Alexandria, Minn., Justin Brossman had a goal and an assist and Tom Debace and John Bullis each scored a goal in a 3-0 win over St. John's. Scott Lewan finished with 39 saves to record his third shutout of the season.

Saturday in Moorhead, Minn., George Malliaris and Jason Yuel scored power play goals and Geoff Shewmake tallied an empty-netter with five seconds left in a 3-1 UWRF victory.

Women skate to 5-0 win

Falcon goalie Melissa Deardorff made 28 saves and Katie Batters scored twice to lead the women's hockey team to a 5-0 win over Bethel University Saturday night at Hunt Arena.

The Falcons, ranked No. 7 in this week's poll, are now 11-1-1 overall.

Katie Flanagan, Alyssa Jackson and Alyssa Black added a goal apiece while the shutout was Deardorff's first of the season and eighth of her career.