On a night where Platteville was celebrating its five-player senior class, Dodgeville and its own talented senior turned the lights out on the Platteville party.
Nick Crowley scored a game-high 24 points, including 12 in transition, as the fast-breaking Dodgers rallied to overcome Platteville’s emotionally-charged 14–7 game-opening run en route to a 60–44 comeback victory.
“We had a fantastic start and played with a lot of emotion on Senior Night, but we spent a lot of energy in that first quarter,” said Platteville head coach Mike Huser. “Then when they switched from man-to-man to zone we couldn’t make open shots. When you face a team that is playing zone you have to be able to knock down shots and we didn’t do that Friday night.”
Junior forward Adam Brogley scored in the post and sophomore Blake Wagner drained a three early in the first quarter to give Platteville a 5–3 lead. Then after a Dodgeville layup, Platteville junior B.J. Cooley assisted on three straight baskets, one by Brogley, and back-to-back buckets by Wagner.
Senior Kevin Wruble buried a triple with 2:20 left in the quarter to cap the 14–7 run.
Platteville would not score again for nearly eight minutes as the Dodgers (12–5, 5–3 SWC) scored the next 15 points.
Wruble broke up the Dodgeville run with another 3-pointer at the 2:51 mark of the second quarter, to make it 22–17, but the Dodgers closed the half on a 12–4 run.
Crowley scored nine of his points in Dodgeville’s 25–7 second–quarter burst.
“He is definitely in the conversation for the [conference] Player of the Year,” said Huser. “He is a three-year starter for them and he did a great better job of taking charge of the game Friday. When they needed a big play he stepped up and made it. Whether it was posting up or making a play of the dribble or in transition we didn’t have an answer for him.”
Platteville pulled within nine, 37–26 early in the third quarter when Cooley authored a personal 8–1 run, that was bookended by a pair of 3-pointers, but Crowley had the answer.
After a Nate Hottman jumper ended Cooley’s run, Crowley scored on Dodgeville’s next three possessions to push the lead to 13 at 45–32.
He added six points, on a pair of breakaway layups and two free throws in the middle of the fourth quarter to ice the win.
Cooley finished with a team-high nine points, four rebounds and three assists. Senior Nick Tashner added eight points and four rebounds, while Brogley chipped in six points and five rebounds.
Platteville (8–10, 2–6 SWC) returns to action Thursday at Lancaster (5–14, 0–8). The Arrows have lost 32 consecutive conference games.
Dodgeville 60, Platteville 44
(from Friday, Feb. 1 @ Platteville)
Dodgeville 9 25 12 14 — 60
Platteville 14 7 14 9 — 44
Dodgeville (12–5, 5–3) — Campbell 2, Larson 11, Hoffmann 4, Rohowetz 9, Crowley 24, Gullickson 2, Olson 8. Totals — 22 14-24 60.
Platteville (8–10, 2–6) — Derek Schambow 3, Nick Tashner 8, Justin Schaefer 1, Kevin Wruble 6, Ben Kroll 2, B.J. Cooley 9, Blake Wagner 7, Ryan Webber 2, Adam Brogley 6. Totals — 16 5-12 44.
3-point goals — D: 2 (Larson 1, Rohowez 1); P: 7 (Schambow 1, Tashner 1, Wruble 2, Cooley 2, Wagner 1). Team fouls — D: 15, P: 16. Fouled out — none.