Men’s basketball drops first game of season

Neal Hogden, Sports Editor

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The UW Oshkosh men’s basketball team lost its first game since Feb. 21, 2018 to Carthage College on Tuesday night.

With 59 seconds to play, senior Adam Fravert went coast to coast and was fouled. He knocked down both free throws to bring UWO to within one but the Titans were unable to get connect on another basket.

With the Titans within one in the waning seconds a 3-point attempt by David Vlotho was off-line and Carthage ran away with a 64-57 victory.

The team as a whole had an off shooting night as it made four of its 24 3-point shots for a season-low 16.7 percent. Additionally, UWO was only 28.4 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Over the course of the game, UWO’s biggest deficit came at the 13:34 mark of the second half when they trailed Carthage by a score of 42-29.

Carthage was out-rebounded by the Titans by 15 boards as UWO held a 53-38 advantage. Last season, the Titans out-rebounded their opponents in 28 out of the 32 games. They won 26 of those contests as opposed to going 2-2 in games where they lost the rebound battle.

The Titans also lost the paint battle as they were outscored 36-30 by Carthage in that department.

UWO’s poor shooting, combined with committing 18 turnovers helped Carthage achieve the upset. Oshkosh’s bench also struggled in the game as they recorded six points on 2-7 shooting from the field.

After an 18-point, career-high performance in the game against North Central College (Ill.), sophomore Eric Peterson went 3-13 from the field with nine points against Carthage.

Senior Jack Flynn was in foul trouble all night but still scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds in 17 minutes.

Junior Connor Duax recorded a double-double as he snagged 11 rebounds and scored 12 points but also committed five turnovers and fouled out in the last minute of the game.

Fravert had a career-low shooting night for UWO. He launched 15 shots (including nine from 3-point range) and only connected on one. However, he went 8-8 from the free-throw line and recorded five blocks in 39 minutes of action.

Jordon Kedrowski led Carthage with 20 points on 8-14 shooting while playing all 40 minutes of the game.

UWO will look to recover from the loss with home games against Elmhurst College (Ill.) and Edgewood College on Nov. 23 and Nov. 26.