WAUKESHA - Junior post player Kurt Meyle from St. John's Northwestern Military Academy scored a season-high 25 points with four baskets from 3-point range, 3 of 4 free throws, three rebounds and two assists as the UWM-Waukesha men's basketball team defeated UW-Fond du Lac 93-78 in a Wisconsin Collegiate Conference East game at the UWM-Waukesha Field House on Saturday afternoon.
It was the sixth consecutive victory and a season-high point total for high-powered UWM-Waukesha, which improved to 11-3 in the highly contested conference standings and 13-7 overall.
UW-Marinette and UW-Sheboygan are currently tied for first place with 11-2 league records followed by UWM-Waukesha - a half game back with two regular-season conference road games remaining.
The Cougars, who are seeking their second WCC East championship in the last three years, are scheduled to face UW-Marinette (Saturday, Feb. 2) and defending WCC state runner-up UW-Sheboygan (Wednesday, Feb. 6).
The Cougars came out on fire in what proved to be a decisive first half by outscoring UW-Fond du Lac 57-40.
Sophomore wing Jayden Hardy from Nicolet contributed 24 points with three 3-pointers, six rebounds and two assists to complete a dominant 1-2 scoring punch for UWM-Waukesha, which made 14 3-pointers, 15 of 19 free throws and generated 20 assists. Freshman wing Jeremy Ninham from Nicolet followed with 16 points with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Freshman guard Jake Antczak from Mukwonago followed with nine points with two 3-pointers, four assists, two rebounds and two steals for the Cougars, who showcased their depth with eight players reaching the scoring column. Sophomore guard Jackson Kunnert from Pewaukee chipped in eight points with two 3-pointers, a team-high five assists and three rebounds.
Freshman guard Jalen Black from Dominican added seven points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal.
Freshman guard Alexander Moore scored a team-high 17 points for UW-Fond du Lac, which dropped to 3-9 in conference and 4-9 overall. Trevor Taylor had 15 points for the Falcons, who made six 3-pointers and 10 of 15 free throws.