WolfPack scores big win to climb above .500


Morgan Witthun

Madison College’s Telin Porter stops a Milwaukee Area Technical College player from driving to the basket during their game on Jan. 24.

Clarion Staff Report

After posting a 94-59 victory over UW-Baraboo at home on Jan. 28, the Madison College men’s basketball team has won three of its last four games. The WolfPack now stands at 11-10 overall, but is just 1-3 in conference play.  

Freshman guard Deante Luster led the team in scoring against UW-Baraboo with 26 points, his second highest point total of the season and his second-straight 20-point game. Luster now averages 14.9 points a game and has scored in double figures in 12 games. 

Sophomore center Keith Hoffman had a double-double in the game, with 18 points and a team-high 13 rebounds. Forward Nik Feller was the only other player in double figures, scoring 10 points for the WolfPack. 

Madison College held a close 30-23 lead at halftime before taking control in the second half. The WolfPack scored 64 points in the second half while limiting their opponent to 36 points. 

Up next for Madison College is a stretch of four-straight conference games, starting with a game at the College of DuPage on Jan. 31. The team then hosts Joliet Junior College on Feb. 2 and Harper College on Feb. 7. Madison College will travel to Milwaukee Area Technical College for a re-match on Feb. 9. 

Madison College 85, Gogebic Community College 60 

After a tight first half, Madison College pulled away in the second half for a 85-60 victory at home on Jan. 26. A 33-7 run gave Madison College a 44-24 scoring advantage in the second half and ensured the large-margin win. 

Hoffman led all scorers with 25 points, his ninth game with 20 or more points this season. He also had 11 rebounds in the game and hit 12 of his 15 shots.  

Luster had 22 points for the WolfPack, hitting eight of his 14 shots in the game. Feller was the only other double-digit scorer with 13 points. 

Milwaukee Area Technical College 108, Madison College 65 

Milwaukee Area Technical College, the third-ranked team in Division II, backed up its lofty ranking by beating host Madison College 108-65 on Jan. 24. 

A first-half scoring blitz gave Milwaukee a huge, 65-29, cushion at halftime. The second half was closer, with Milwaukee posting a 43-36 advantage. 

Hoffman and Luster both scored 17 points to lead the WolfPack. Feller added 14 points, including hitting three of seven 3-point shots. As a team, the WolfPack struggled offensively, hitting under 28% of its shots (21 of 74).

Madison College 82, Joliet Junior College 72 

An offensive explosion in the second half led visiting Madison College to an 82-72 victory over Joliet Junior College on Jan. 17. Madison College converted on 65% of its shots and scored 55 points in the second half. 

After a back-and-forth battle early in the game, the WolfPack fell behind, 34-27, at halftime. That deficit grew to 41-28 early in the second half.  

But then Madison College took over. An 11-0 run pulled the WolfPack close, and then a 9-0 burst later in the half gave them the lead. 

Sophomore Keith Hoffman led all scorers with 23 points on 7 of 15 shooting. Nik Feller added 16 points, hitting 6 of his 9 shots. Telfered Cortez scored 15 points, while Tyler Haak added 13. 

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the WolfPack.