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March 29, 2015

Pointers claim fourth NCAA Division III national title

Photo Courtesy of UW-Stevens Point Athletics.

Photo Courtesy of UW-Stevens Point Athletics.

For the fourth time in the last six year, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference can claim ownership to the NCAA Division III National Champion after the UW-Stevens Point Pointers upended Augustana (Ill.) 70-54 in Salem, Va.

Four Pointers scored in double figures, led by senior Austin Ryf’s 17 points. Joe Ritchay scored 15 points, followed by Stephen Pelkofer’s 14 and Alex Richard’s 12. The Pointers shot 55.3 percent from the field and connected on 12-of-18 3-point attempts.

The championship is the fourth in program history and first since 2010. UW-Stevens Point won back-to-back championships in 2004 and 2005. [Read more…]

Pointers advance to NCAA D-3 Championship game

Photo Courtesy of UW-Stevens Point Athletics.

Photo Courtesy of UW-Stevens Point Athletics.

UW-Stevens Point will attempt to win their fourth NCAA Division 3 men’s basketball championship when they face Augustana (Illinois) (27-4) in today’s title game (2 p.m. – CBS Sports Network).

The Pointers knocked off Virginia Wesleyan 68-59 on Friday night at the Salem Civic Center to advance to the national title game for the fourth time in program history.  The Pointers are 3-0 in their previous three attempts, with the last NCAA Championship coming back in 2010.

Austin Ryf led all scorers with 21 points to lead the Pointers (26-5).

Augustana beat Babson (Mass.) 68-48 in the other semifinal game.

Pointers preparing for fourth final four appearance

Pointers Celebrate! - Photo: UW-Stevens Point Athletics.

Pointers Celebrate! – Photo: UW-Stevens Point Athletics.

The UW-Stevens Point men’s basketball team is getting ready for the programs fourth Final Four appearance and first since winning the 2010 National Championship.

The Pointers will face Virginia Wesleyan, who defeated top-ranked Randolph Mason 49-47 on Saturday, in the Final Four on Friday night 7 p.m. in Salem, Virginia.

The Pointers advanced by beating East Texas Baptist 45-28, setting a new NCAA record for fewest points allowed in a NCAA tournament game.

Stevens Point entered the game with the nation’s top-scoring defense (55.5 ppg) and held East Texas Baptist to 48 points under its season average.

 

Pointers in the Elite 8

Stephen Pelkofer - Photo: Courtesy of UW-Stevens Point Athletics.

Stephen Pelkofer – Photo: Courtesy of UW-Stevens Point Athletics.

Stephen Pelkofer scored a career-high 20 points and the eighth-ranked UW-Stevens Point Pointers knocked off 11th ranked Emory 73-53 in an Elite 8 matchup at Bennett Court at Quandt Fieldhouse.

Stevens Point (24-5) and Emory (22-6) were meeting in the Round of 16 for the second straight season.  The Pointers victory sets up a matchup with East Texas Baptist in the Elite 8.  It’s their first Elite 8 appearance since 2010.  East Texas Baptist knocked off Northwestern (Minnesota) 70-46 earlier.

The Pointers improved to 9-4 all-time in the sectional rounds and 6’2 in the Round of 16.  UWSP is now 33-10 all-time in NCAA Tournament play and 15-4 at home.

Pelkofer made 8 of his 14 shots, including 4 of 8 from beyond the arc.  Teammate Austin Ryf scored 13 of his 18 in the second half.

The Pointers face East Texas Baptist for the first time tonight (7 p.m.).  The winner gets a spot in the NCAA D-3 Final Four in Salem, Virginia.

Pointers face Emory in Sweet 16 matchup tonight

Kaukauna Basktball 006For the second straight season, UW-Stevens Point and Emory are meeting in the NCAA’s Division 3 Round of 16.  The 8th ranked Pointers face the 11th ranked Eagles tonight at the Quandt Fieldhouse (8 p.m.).

Stevens Point is in the sectional round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season and the eighth time in program history.

The Pointers are 8-4 all-time in sectional play and are 5-2 in the Round of 16.  They’re also 6-1 at home in sectional rounds.