WHITEWATER (February 21, 2013) - What looked like a blowout, turned out to be a nailbiter, but UW-Stout's comeback fell just short as UW-Whitewater hung on for a 64-59 win a WIAC tournament semifinal game Thursday at Kachel Gym.
The Blue Devils (20-7) fell into a 10-0 hole to start off and had to work continually throughout the contest to dig their way out. As late as midway through the second half, the Warhawks (22-4) held an 11-point, 47-36 lead.
A three-point play by Erik Olson (Sr, Buffalo, Minn), a 3-point bucket by Jarvis Ragland (Jr, Milwaukee), and a dunk by Jay Higgins (Jr, Maple Grove, Minn) added up to an 8-0 run to pull Stout to within 47-44.
The Blue Devils tied the game twice in the final five minutes as Chris Hortman (Sr, Milwaukee) began to find his range. Hortman hit a jumper with 4:21 left to tie the score at 51-51, then tied it again at 53-53 at 3:43 on a layup.
The game stayed within five points the rest of the way as Stout continually played catch-up. Hortman, who would finish with a game-high 15 points, pulled Stout to within one point, 58-57, with a pair of free throws with 53 points left. The Warhawks' Darnell Harris buried a 3-pointer with 24 second remaining for a four point, 61-57, Whitewater lead and Stout was forced to foul.