MARINETTE - Freshman guard Jake Antczak from Mukwonago scored a season-high 26 points with eight baskets from 3-point range, four assists and a steal as the third-seeded UWM-Waukesha men's basketball team upset regular-season co-champion and top-seeded UWGB-Marinette 81-77 in a Wisconsin Collegiate Conference second-round playoff game on Saturday, Feb. 16.
It was the third consecutive victory for high-powered UWM-Waukesha, which improved to 16-10 overall with the gritty road performance and punched its ticket to the prestigious WCC Final Four at JustAgame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells.
The Cougars, who advanced to the state tournament for the third time in the last four years, will face UW-Marathon in a WCC state semifinal game at 4 p.m. Saturday.
UWM-Waukesha lost in overtime to UW-Marathon 73-70 in a WCC regular season game on Jan. 5 at JustAgame Fieldhouse.
The Cougars showcased their depth and balance with seven players reaching the scoring column, including five in double figures.
UWM-Waukesha trailed 38-35 at the intermission but responded to the pressure-packed challenge by outscoring the Buccaneers 46-39 in the second half.
Freshman wing Tyler Torosian from New Berlin West registered a double-double by finishing with 15 points, 7 of 7 free throws, a team-best 10 rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot for UWM-Waukesha, which converted 13 3-pointers, 20 of 28 free throws and generated 17 assists.
Sophomore wing Jayden Hardy from Nicolet followed with 14 points, 5 of 7 free throws, six rebounds, three steals, one assist and a blocked shot.
Sophomore guard Jackson Kunnert from Pewaukee chipped in 12 points with four 3-pointers, four rebounds, three steals and an assist for the Cougars, who avenged a stinging 83-75 late-regular season road loss to UW-Marinette from Feb. 2. Freshman wing Jeremy Ninham from Nicolet added 10 points with 4 of 6 free throws, nine rebounds and a team-high seven assists.
UWGB-Marinette ended the season 15-5 overall.