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The holiday season is here. With that comes finals across the country for college students. Basketball program’s all around are taking a break as their student athletes finish their exams and enjoy the holidays.
The holiday season is considered by many the giving season. The Wofford Terriers gave the sixteenth ranked North Carolina Tar Heels an upset loss this past week. Their point guard Storm Murphy helped engineer the 68-64 upset win. Storm, a Middleton grad, had 15 points and five rebounds for Wofford.
Before taking the break for the holiday season, the Northern Sun Conference began its weekend conference series season.
Harrison Cleary has been mentioned before for his uncanny ability to score the basketball at Minnesota Crookston. This past week he one-upped himself. The Oak Creek grad scored a season and career high 52 points in a 92-78 win over Wayne State. Harrison made seven three pointers and shot 21 of 23 from the free throw line. His free throw shots and attempts tied the conference record for a single game.
Cleary wasn’t the only one balling out this weekend in the Northern Sun. A pair of Wagner’s from the Badger State captured Player of the Week honors as they led their teams to a pair of wins.
Nick Wagner of G-E-T scored a season high 28 points and added eight rebounds in Bemidji State’s 90-61 win over Wayne State. He shot 10 of 14 from the field and added four assists. To follow up, Nick scored 15 points in a 75-73 win over Augustana. With only four seconds left in the game, Nick knocked home a three pointer to give the Beavers a last second win. Nick was named the Northern Sun-North Player of the Week.
Winona State was led to two victories by another Wagner. Caleb Wagner of Muskego scored 25 points while adding six rebounds and four assists as Winona State won 78-62 over Minnesota State-Mankato. His follow up performance was just as impressive in a 79-77 win over Concordia-St. Paul. Caleb had 23 points, four rebounds, and six assists. Caleb was named the Northern-South Player of the Week. On top of that, Caleb surpassed the 1,000 point mark in his collegiate career.
Mitch Listau was a four year varsity performer at Waunakee High School. He scored over 1,800 points and won 83 games in his prep career. In his first extended action at Belmont, the true freshman recorded his first ever double-digit scoring output. In a 105-56 win over Carson-Newman, Mitch scored 11 points in a season high 24 minutes. He added eight assists and four rebounds.
Like Listau, Patrick Cartier saw his fair share of success in high school at Brookfield East. In his senior year, they upset Sun Prairie in the state semi-finals before losing to Oshkosh North in the finals. Last week, Patrick had a career high 24 points and 10 rebounds as Hillsdale beat Findlay 77-65. Patrick shot 10 of 13 from the field.
In other Division 2 action, Owen White was perfect from the floor as Michigan Tech downed Finlandia 119-72. The Rhinelander alum had a season high 26 points. What was impressive was the fact that Owen shot a perfect 10 of 10 from the field and four of four from the charity stripe. He’s currently shooting 61% from the floor on the season.
Despite only one game this past week, St. Norbert College collected an impressive 70-58 win over UW-Eau Claire, giving the Blugolds their second loss of the season. Wade Geenen of Pulaski led all scorers with 21 points on eight of twelve shooting from the field. His exceptional play on the hardwood, factored in to giving UW-Eau Claire their first loss, led to Wade being named the Midwest Conference Performer of the Week.
To finish, Grant Basile took a redshirt year last season and began the year on the bench for Wright State. The Pewaukee grad’s patience and perseverance has paid off as he scored a career high 23 points in just 22 minutes as Wright State took down Southern University 85-62. Grant added seven rebounds in the victory.