The UW-Washington County mens basketball squad played very well as a team and racked up its fifth consecutive victory with a 78-50 win over UW-Fox Valley. The Wildcats remain in a tie for first place in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference.
Taking pride in their swarming team defense, the Wildcats shut out the Foxes leading scorer, Pervis Jones, who was averaging 16.5 points a game, and held the Foxes next leading scorer, Mike Greip to only 3 points, well below his over 10 points per game average. Wildcats’ premier defenders Randy Howard and Evan Rathke were matched up on those two big scorers, and their teammates helped with quality defensive efforts as well.
Dre Johnson scored a game high 16 and added a dozen rebounds to complete his double-double in only 18 minutes of game time. Shaun Fischer scored 8 and had a season high 15 rebounds.
Evan Rathke added 11 points, 2 blocks, 2 steals and 2 assists in only 16 minutes of action. Javon Williams scored 10 to go along with 6 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 assists. Aaron Rathke scored 8 and added 3 assists, also in 16 minutes of action. Miles Perkins and Derrick Chaney each had 7 points and 6 rebounds. Rashaun Jackson also tossed in 7 points.
After an uncharacteristically high 13 turnovers in the first half, the Wildcats committed only 4 turnovers in the second half. Most of the starters played less than half the game due to the substantial lead the Wildcats maintained throughout the contest, in addition to the significant development of the Wildcats young freshmen players.
The team returns to action at home Wednesday night to face UW-Manitowoc, tipping off at approximately 7:15 p.m.