SPORTSDESK – The UW Stevens Point men’s basketball team came into Wednesday night’s game vs UW Oshkosh winners of nine consecutive at home. The Pointers, ranked #19, on senior night looked to honor the only seniors on their roster, Jontrell Robinson and MJ Delmore, with a win and 10 strait wins on Bennett Court at Quandt Fieldhouse. #12 ranked UW Oshkosh and Marshfield native, Adam Fravert, had plans to win their fourth straight and keep momentum heading into the final week of regular season play. Fravert, a 6’8” sophomore forward, came into the game averaging 12.8 points per game along with 7.6 rebounds per game.
Stevens Point jumped out to a 22-13 lead at the 10:31 mark in the first half with the help of a 7-0 run, capped with a Nate Dodge three-pointer. Then another Stevens Point spurt, a 10-2 run this time, was finalized with a physical Brett Tauber inside bucket over Jack Flynn. This gave the Pointers a 37-24 advantage with 2:59 left in the half. Oshkosh fought back in the final first half minutes to bring the Pointer lead to under 10 at 39-30.
Less than a minute into the second half and Fravert, who had six first half points, found himself back on the bench after picking up his third personal foul.
Without his length on the court the Pointers had one less obstacle to work around as they built their lead to 50-35 with 14:29 left in the game.
The Titans fought back to within six at 59-53 at the 4:56 mark in the second half. Fravert, who now carried four fouls, found Flynn under the basket for an easy two helping the Oshkosh surge. Just two minutes later, senior point guard, MJ Delmore, put the Pointers up 64-56 with a three pointer from the top of the key. The Stevens Point lead would hold from there as the Pointers accomplished their 10th straight win at home, taking down the Titans 77-70.
On senior night, it would figure, that senior Delmore would lead all scorers with 23 points, including the last two points scored in the game.
Delmore said helping out on senior night is the same as any other night, “it’s not any different, preparation is all the same. I came out, played my game and everybody did their part tonight.”
Pointer head coach, Bob Semling on going 10-0 at home in conference play, “being undefeated at home is the product of a lot of effort and a lot of perseverance.”
With the win tonight, the Pointers gave themselves the chance to win the WIAC championship with a win at Eau Claire on Friday night. “We’re 40 minutes away, we’ve got our hands on it”, said Semling, “we control our own desitiny but we have to win on the road against Eau Claire.”
The Pointers finish up WIAC conference play at UW Eau Claire on Friday, February 17th at Zorn Arena. Game time set for 5pm.