UW-Marinette's Hunter Hass shoots a layup over a UW-Fond du Lac defender Wednesday night at Max E. Peterson Field House.
EagleHerald/BrianBell UW-Marinette's Hunter Hass shoots a layup over a UW-Fond du Lac defender Wednesday night at Max E. Peterson Field House.

MARINETTE — The UW-Marinette men's basketball team used a 22-6 run to end the first half and were able to keep it going in the second half as the Bucs routed UW-Fond du Lac 84-60 Wednesday night. 

With the game tied at 16-16 and just over eight minutes to play in the first half, Levi Kempka made a basket for UW-Marinette to kickstart the run. Tyler Hagemeier followed with a jumper from the wing to give the Bucs a 20-16 lead. 

After trading a couple baskets, Connor Nelson drilled a triple for the Bucs to make it 25-20 and forced UW-Fond du Lac into a timeout with 6:11 to play in the half. 

Maxwell Muelver banked in a jumper out of the timeout for UW-Marinette and Hagemeier followed with a three pointer, an assist on a Noah Miller fastbreak layup and a floater in the lane to bring the lead to 32-20 in favor of the Bucs. 

After a Falcons' timeout with 2:16 remaining, Hunter Hass stole the ball and raced to the other to convert a fast break layup to push the lead to 38-20. DeAndre Ross scored on a fastbreak for UW-Fond du Lac right before halftime to cut the deficit to 38-22. 

"We expect the kids to understand the flow of the game and I think (during the run), it felt like our confidence was in full swing," Bucs' coach Bryan Wickstrom said. "We were executing well on offense and on the defensive end everyone was getting hands up on shooters and doing a great job of boxing out and closing out."

The Bucs came out just as ready to play the second half as it did the first and played some very tough and bothering defense, forcing Fond du Lac into two shot-clock violations on its first three possessions. Alternatively, UW-Marinette started the second half with three pointer from Matt Newmann, a post score by Muelver, a jumper from Kempka and another three from Newmann to give it a 48-24 to help along a 16-4 run that ended with the score at 54-26 in favor of the Bucs. 

"We always talk about how the first five minutes of the second half determines who's going to come out on top," Wickstrom said. "And we came out very aggressive offensively, we knew we were going to see man with the big lead, we had so we adjusted the game plan at half and it worked."

It was a very balanced scoring attack for UW-Marinette with only two players reaching double figures (Newmann 14, Hagemeier 10), but 12 out of 13 players scored and everyone played solid minutes and did their job, according to Wickstrom. 

"Overall, tonight was a great effort, top to bottom," Wickstrom said. "Everybody contributed in some way, you don't get the opportunity to have 12 out of 13 guys scoring too often.

"Guys came off the bench and played well, there wasn't a whole lot of lag when we subbed in and out. Just a great team effort."

Following up Newmann's and Hagemeier's scoring efforts were Miller, Hunter Elbe, Nelson and Hass, who all chipped nine and Kempka put up six of his own. Hagemeier and Newmann both added five rebounds and Hagemeier also dished out four assists.

"We've got a big game on the road against undefeated UW-Washington on Saturday and it's always tough on the road," Wickstrom said. "But if we play even remotely close to our capability, we're going to be fine."

UW-FOND du LAC — Aviles 19, Peavy 2, Otte 4, Ross 17, Bullock 3, Mentor 7, Price 6, Stangl 2. FTs: 7-16

UW-MARINETTE — Hagemeier 10, Miller 9, O'Kelley 4, Elbe 9, Nelson 9, Hass 9, Mueler 3, Kempka 6, Newmann 14, Muelver 4, Thompson 3, Rochemont 4. FTs: 3-7.

Halftime score: UW-Marinette 38, UW-Fond du Lac 22