St. Louis, Mo. - The Alma College men's basketball team lost to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville 88-61 on Friday (Nov. 30) evening in the first game of the 36th Annual Lopata Classic hosted by Washington University. Alma is now 0-4 overall while the Pioneers improve to 2-2.
Kyle Woodruff (Grand Blanc, Mich. / Holly) led the Scots with 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting and 3-of-7 from three. Kevin Gamble (Mt. Pleasant, Mich. / Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart) posted 11 points and seven rebounds while Cole Kleiver (Williamston, Mich. / Williamston) added 10 points.
Wisconsin-Platteville had four players in double figures, led by Quentin Shields with 15. Clay Gerds put up 12 points and 12 boards.
How it Happened
- Alma held a one-point lead early in the contest, but the Pioneers went on a 13-3 run to take a 15 point lead midway through the first half. By halftime, Wisconsin-Platteville led by 20 after a jumper and three-pointer by Blake McCann and free throws from Robert Duax. Woodruff and Gamble each had six points in the half and Ryan Stevens (Lowell, Mich. / Lowell) played all 20 minutes as Kleiver got in foul trouble.
- The Pioneers continued to add to their lead in the second half, extending it to as much as 33. Woodruff and Kleiver each had nine points in the frame.
- Steven Harvey (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Eastern) pulled down a career-high nine rebounds.
- Alma shot 33.3-percent (11-of-33) from three-point range. Woodruff and Gamble knocked down three, each.
- Freshman Isaiah Williamson (Sebewaing, Mich. / Unionville-Sebewaing Area) tallied three points in his first action of the season. He was one of four Alma bench players to score - Mason Gardner (Boyne City, Mich. / Boyne City) led the way with five, including going 3-of-4 from the free throw line.
The Scots return to action in the Lopata Classic on Saturday (Dec. 1) to face the winner of No. 25 Pomona Pitzer and Wash. U.