WAUKESHA - Sophomore wing Jayden Hardy from Nicolet contributed a team-high 24 points with three baskets from 3-point range, 3 of 3 free throws, seven rebounds, four steals and an assist as the UWM-Waukesha men's basketball team defeated defending state champion UW-Washington 81-53 in a Wisconsin Collegiate Conference East game at the UWM-Waukesha Field House on Wednesday night.
It was the fifth consecutive victory for high-powered UWM-Waukesha, which improved to 10-3 in the highly contested conference standings and 12-7 overall.
The Cougars, who have won six of their last seven games, led 40-27 at intermission and outscored UW-Washington 41-26 in the second half.
UWM-Waukesha displayed its depth with eight players reaching the scoring column, including three in double figures.
Freshman wing Jeremy Ninham from Nicolet collected 21 points with 5 of 8 free throws, a team-best eight rebounds, five steals and three assists for the Cougars, who made seven 3-pointers and 14 of 22 free throws. Freshman guard Jake Antczak from Mukwonago chipped in 11 points with three 3-pointers, five rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Junior post player Kurt Meyle from St. John's Northwestern Military Academy followed with eight points, seven rebounds and two assists. Freshman guard Jalen Black from Dominican had seven points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and a blocked shot.
Freshman wing Makal Evans from Milwaukee Messmer added five points, six rebounds and an assist for UWM-Waukesha, which generated 12 assists.
UW-Washington dropped to 5-7 in conference and 5-8 overall.