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Men's Basketball Blows Out Lions
Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2006
HANCOCK, MI - With four players in double-digits for points, the UW-Eau Claire men's basketball team took today's game against Finlandia University (MI) by a score of 90-57.
The Blugolds improve to 6-3 while the Lions drop to 2-7. Eau Claire has a four-game winning streak.
Eau Claire never trailed in the game and got off to a 15-to-2 run to start off the game. The Lions wouldn't even get within 10 the rest of the half as Eau Claire ran to a 44-28 lead at halftime.
The Blugolds shot 56.7% in the half while 4-of-10 from long range and 6-of-10 on free throws. Finlandia went 34.5% from the field while shooting 42.9% for threes with three makes. They also made 62.5% of their free throws.
Eau Claire increased its lead in the second half went up by 30 at 13:04 with a 62-32 score. Eau Claire maintained the large cushion as the Lions could not catch up. The Blugolds took their largest lead of the day at 1:13 with a 90-55 score.
Eau Claire went 53.3% for the day while shooting 52.0% from behind the arc on 13 makes. They shot 72.2% behind the line. The team outrebounded Finlandia 37-to-28. It also won the turnover battle 14-to-18 while making 22 points off turnovers. The bench provided 41 Blugold points.
Luke Meier (Jr.-Cross Plains/Middleton) scored 15 to lead the team. Jared Bardon (Jr.-DeForest) was right behind him at 14. Zack Ryan (Jr.-Lake Elmo, MN/Tartan) had 12 and Dan Beyer (Jr.-Waukesha/Catholic Memorial) had 11. Geoff Probst (Fr.-Moose Lake, MN/U. of North Dakota) pulled down nine boards to lead in that category.
The Lions were kept to 39.2% from the field while going 40.0% behind the arc. Finlandia also shot 61.1% from behind the line.
Eau Claire will next be in action on December 29th when the team hosts the Holiday Classic. They will face Marian College at 8:00 p.m. that Friday, which also is Parents Night.
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