Ortmann lights up Superior in second half
UW-Stout’s Sam Ortmann scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the second half as the Blue Devils defeated UW-Superior, 67-53, in the final game of the Merrill Thompson Classic at UW-Superior Sunday.
Ortmann’s second half points put an exclamation point on the Blue Devils (3-2) first half comeback. Except for an initial lead in the game, Stout trailed for most of the first 14 minutes of the first half, at times by as much as six points.
But once Keegan Dickson dropped in a layup at 6:18 of the first half to give Stout a 21-20 lead, the Blue Devils would never trail the rest of the way, taking a 36-29 halftime lead.
Adam Mackey scored six points in a three minute span down the first half stretch to help Stout widen the lead. Mackey would finish the game with 10 points, a Stout-best for the senior who transferred to Stout last season.
Dickson tallied 10 points for the Blue Devils. Shaq Coleman scored 17 to lead Superior, 14 in the second half.
Stout bedeviled the Yellowjackets, forcing 16 Superior turnovers. The Blue Devils took care of the ball, committing only five turnovers. Stout had a distinct advantage at the free throw line, dropping in 14 of 18 chances (.778), while the Yellowjackets were 4 of 8.
Stout will host Bethany Lutheran College, Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.
Blue Devils tipped by 12th-ranked Raiders
UW-Stout cut the lead in half in the second period, but 12th-ranked Milwaukee School of Engineering held off Stout’s charge, scoring a late empty net goal to defeat the Blue Devils 3-1 in the consolation game of the UW-Stevens Point Holiday Tournament Saturday.
The Blue Devils (3-6-1) had to overcome a penalty shot goal by the Raiders (6-1-1) to open the game. Eric Tien took the penalty shot midway through the first period to give MSOE a 1-0 lead. The Raiders doubled the score with just over two minutes remaining in the first period on a goal by Nick Redmon.
Stout broke onto the scoreboard at 5:48 of the second period when Lucas Carroll scored his second goal of the season, getting an assist from Connor Chambers.
The Blue Devil defense shut down the Raiders after the first two goals. Tommi Ahlgren recorded 10 saves in the second period and the Blue Devil defense limited the Raiders to only four shots in the third period until MSOE’s Nate Rogers scored an empty-net goal with two ticks left on the clock for the final 3-1 score.
Stout outshot MSOE, 33-22. Ahlgren finished with 19 saves. The Raiders’ Rock Boynton had 32 saves.
Both teams came up empty on the power play with Stout going 0 for 5 and the Raiders 0 for 2.
Stout opens WIAC play this week when they host UW-Eau Claire, Wednesday at the Fanetti Community Center. The Blue Devils will host UW-Superior, Friday at 7 p.m.
Late first half run powers Stout to win over St. Kate’s
UW-Stout went on an 11-2 run to end the first half and went on to a 67-56 home opening win over St. Catherine University, Sunday on Dewey Mintz Court in Johnson Fieldhouse.
With the score tied at 23-23, with three minutes remaining in the second period, Stout freshman Brianna Banks hit a 3-pointer to start off the run. Bailey Diersen went on to hit three layups in the run and Kyncaide Diedrich grabbed a rebound and went the distance to lay the ball in just before the halftime buzzer and Stout (2-2) led 34-25 at halftime.
The Wildcats (2-2) pulled to within two points, 34-32, to start off the third period. Anna Brown hit a layup to make it a four point lead for Stout. St. Catherine would get as close as two points only once more in the game early in the fourth quarter, 51-49, but Stout would go on a 9-1 run with Diedrich scoring four points, Kara Griswold three and Diersen two.
Stout built a double-digit lead with just over five minutes remaining and St. Kate’s would only get as close as eight points the rest of the way.
Diersen finished with a game-high 22 points. The junior benefited at the line, hitting 10 of 13 charity shots. Diersen also pulled down seven rebounds, as Stout out-rebounded St. Kate’s, 52-40. Diedrich finished with eight rebounds to go with her 11 points. Amber Fabeck finished with seven rebounds and nine points.
The Blue Devils finished the game with a season-high 18 steals. Diedrich, Diersen and Banks each had four steals for the Blue Devils. Banks also contributed six points and four rebounds.
The Blue Devils played at St. Olaf College, Tuesday, Nov. 28 and return home Saturday, Dec. 2 to face Northland College at 3 p.m.