Titan men’s basketball begins 2019 season 2-0

Neal Hogden, Head Sports Editor

Four players scored in double digits as the second-ranked UW Oshkosh men’s basketball team defeated two ranked opponents (by D3hoops.com) to begin the season.

The Titans traveled to Illinois on Nov. 12 to take on both the third-ranked North Central College Cardinals and the 17th-ranked Augustana College Vikings on Nov. 9.

The Titans fended off a pesky North Central College team by a final score of 76-66 on Tuesday. UWO never relinquished the lead in the contest even though the Cardinals made plenty of runs at the Titan advantage.

UWO wasted no time getting ahead as they built a 45-33 lead at the half.

Freshman Eric Peterson led the Titans with 18 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.

In a rematch of the 2018 quarterfinal game in which UWO went on to defeat Augustana College by a score of 95-88 in overtime, the Titans once again came out victorious 74-67.

Augustana never led after the 14:24 mark in the first half.

Senior forward Adam Fravert led UWO with 14 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks and earned WIAC men’s basketball Player of the Week for his efforts. Senior center Jack Flynn went 4 of 5 from the field for 14 points and added six rebounds.

Peterson added 12 points on 75% shooting from the 3-point line.

Guards David Vlotho and Will Mahoney combined to go 6 of 8 from the 3-point line as they added 11 points each.

Overall, UWO let it fly from outside as they put up 26 shots from beyond the arc, making 11 of them.

Free throws were an area of concern as they only shot 46% from the charity stripe against the Vikings. The Titans moved the ball well as they dished out 14 assists on their 26 made baskets.

Next, UWO will face Carthage College in Kenosha on Nov. 19 before heading back to Kolf Sports Center for a three-game homestand.