WHITEWATER, Wis. (Blugolds.com) – The UW-Eau Claire men's basketball team had a tough time at 10th-ranked UW-Whitewater tonight, falling to the Warhawks 90-51 in Kachel Gymnasium.
After exchanging baskets in the opening minutes, the teams were tied 4-4, but Whitewater then used an 11-2 run to get up by nine.
The Blugolds got back to within four points (15-11), six minutes into the game but the Warhawks then went on a 20-0 run over the next seven minutes to get up 35-11 and never looked back.
With the Blugolds trailing by 23 at halftime (45-22), the teams went back and forth for the first six minutes of the second half and Whitewater remained up by 23 (55-32). Whitewater then went on an 8-0 run over the next two minutes to get up by 31 and the closest the Blugolds would get after that was 28 points.
Lewis Mau (Jr.-Colfax, Wis.) led the Blugolds in scoring with 13 points while also leading the team with five rebounds.
The Blugolds went 18-for-44 from the field (40.9 percent) while Whitewater shot 55.7 percent (34-for-61). The Warhawks also outrebounded the Blugolds 43-20.
Eau Claire drops to 8-7 on the season and 1-5 in conference play while Whitewater improves to 12-2 overall and 3-2 in the WIAC.
The Blugolds will be home Wednesday, hosting UW-Superior for a game beginning at 7 p.m. for Youth Night.