MENASHA - Sophomore wing Jayden Hardy from Nicolet registered a double-double by contributing a team-high 27 points with four baskets from 3-point range, a team-best 16 rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots as the UWM-Waukesha men's basketball team defeated UW-Fox Valley 84-69 in a Wisconsin Collegiate Conference East showdown Monday night.
It was the fourth consecutive victory for UWM-Waukesha, which improved to 9-3 in the highly contested league standings and 11-7 overall.
The Cougars remain one game behind conference co-leaders UW-Sheboygan and UW-Marinette, who are currently tied for first place with 10-2 records.
Tied 34-34 at the intermission, UWM-Waukesha responded to the pressure-packed challenge by outscoring the Cyclones 50-35 in the second half.
UWM-Waukesha maintained a balanced attack throughout the contest with six players reaching the scoring column, including five in double figures.
Sophomore post player Kurt Meyle from St. John's Northwestern Military had a double-double by finishing with 20 points - highlighted by two 3-pointers - and 10 rebounds for the Cougars, who converted 12 3-pointers and 6 of 12 free throws. Freshman wing Jeremy Ninham from Nicolet added a double-double with 11 points, a team-high 10 assists, three rebounds and a steal.
Freshman guard Jackson Kunnert from Pewaukee chipped in 10 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, five assists and a steal for UWM-Waukesha, which showcased its unselfishness by generating 24 assists. Freshman guard Jake Antczak from Mukwonago had 10 points with two 3-pointers, seven assists, three rebounds and a steal.
Freshman guard Jalen Black from Dominican added six points, four rebounds and an assist for the Cougars, who pulled down 42 rebounds.
UW-Fox Valley dropped to 5-7 in conference and 5-10 overall.