The UWSP men’s basketball season opened with a bang on Tuesday. The Pointers outscored non-conference opponent Lawrence University by 22 points and dominated the entire game.
The win stemmed from a combination of well executed plays as well as a stand out performance from senior guard Dan Tillema. Tillema led the team with a career-high 29 points.
Lawrence came up short only scoring 58 points, 19 coming from the Vikings sophomore center Davis DeWolfe.
Stevens Point took an early lead, putting up 12 points after just over three minutes of play while Lawrence was only able to score two. By the end of the half the Pointers went up 39-21 due to a last second three-pointer by Tillema.
The second half was just as much of a blowout, as the Pointers continued to increase their lead.
With 15:20 left in the game Stevens Point held a 51-30 lead due in large part to the number of rebounds the Pointers were able to get. UWSP collected a total of 36 rebounds while Lawrence could only get 29.
The game ended with a score of 80-58, Pointers.
The win was expected but continued success for the rest of the year will have to be earned. Stevens Point is returning six letter winners from last season’s squad, but only one of five starters.
Brothers Dan and Tyler Tillema (Randolph, WI) will be asked to carry the bulk of the scoring load this season as they averaged 9.9 and 9.1 points per game respectively in 2010- 11.
After three games on the road the Pointers will return home on Saturday November 26 to take on Buena Vista.