only four games left in regular season play, the University of
Wisconsin-Stevens Point men’s basketball team is playing some of its best
team is currently on an eight-game winning streak and is undefeated in
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.
Pointers are now the 5th ranked team in all of Division III men’s
basketball, according to d3hoops.com.
are always high here at Point, and so far I feel that we have met them, but we
still have a bunch of games left so we have to keep working on getting better,”
said Trevor Hass, a junior forward.
their win last week against The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the Pointers
certainly helped their case for claiming the WIAC regular season title.
the only other team from the WIAC ranked in the top 25, came into the game only
two games back from the Pointers in the standings.
game was close until the Pointers sealed the deal with some clutch free throws,
leaving them with a three-game lead in the WIAC and only four games left in the
win was huge against Whitewater. However, we have unfinished business. We were
in a similar situation last year and did not come out of it with a conference
championship,” said Joe Ritchay, a sophomore guard for the Pointers.
was a great win, but no more important than any other conference game,” said
assistant coach Kent Derbach. “This is a great conference, and every game presents
a great challenge.”
2008-2009 season was the last time the Pointers held an undefeated record in the
conference this deep into the season.
are multiple reasons, according to Dernbach, that have led to the Pointers’
impressive winning streak.
different has always stepped up,” Dernbach said. “Whether it is some key free
throws, a big shot or even a crucial defensive possession, we manage to find a
Pointers have done a good job of spreading the offensive duties over the past
eleven games since standout senior, Tyler Tillema, went down with an injury.
says the team is going day by day with Tillema and aren’t sure when he will be
back, but a multitude of players have stepped up in his place.
Pointers have six players that average at least seven points per game. Ritchay
has averaged more than 12 points per game and has grabbed 4.4 boards per
has added 11.4 points per game, and junior big man Clayton Heuer leads the team
with 5.4 rebounds, to go along with 11.6 points per game.
biggest surprise so far this season has been DeVon Jackson. Jackson, a junior
guard, was on the team two seasons ago, but didn’t play last season.
has been back with the team the past 10 games and has made his presence felt.
Jackson is averaging ten points per game coming off the bench and has brought
high intensity on the defensive side of the ball.
him come off the bench has been huge,” Dernbach said. “He is a true scoring
threat. He can get the ball to his teammates and is a great defender.”
Pointers have had a great season so far and know that if they put a few more
pieces together they can make a special run in the NCAA tournament.
sky is the limit for us right now. I
think we have a great possibility of going very deep into the tournament come March,”