PLATTEVILLE, Wis. (Blugolds.com) – The UW-Eau Claire men's basketball team lost in a close game to the UW-Platteville Pioneers, 56-48, on Bo Ryan Court in Williams Fieldhouse tonight.
The Blugolds played catch-up all night, trailing by as many as 15 points in the game. The Blugolds strung together a 14-0 scoring run in the last eight and a half minutes of the first half, to tie the game at 25 at the end of the half.
After the first half rally, the Blugolds never managed to tie or lead for the remainder of the contest.
Eau Claire guard Lewis Mau (So.-Colfax, Wis.) led all scorers with 19 points. Andy Kleist (Sr.-Eau Claire, Wis./North) led the Blugolds with nine rebounds, while Mau and forward Dustin Kalien (Sr.- Chippewa Falls, Wis./Chi-Hi) also added seven rebounds for the Blugolds.
Despite the loss, the Blugolds out rebounded the Pioneers 38-33. The Blugolds have been well disciplined on the boards all year, out rebounding their opponents in every game this season.
The loss brought the Blugolds to 4-4 on the season. The team also fell to 0-2 in conference play after last weekend's loss to UW-La Crosse. With the win, UW-Platteville moves to 7-1 and 2-0 in the conference.
The Blugolds will be back in action when they travel to UW-Whitewater on Saturday. The game will get underway at 3 p.m.