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Eagles' home success leads to win streak

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse men's basketball team has won five games in a row, it's longest streak in more than three years.

At the heart of the success is the team's 5-1 record at home this season. UW-L's streak began in with a victory over Luther College at Mitchell Hall on December 9, and was extended most recently by a 71-51 win over UW-Eau Claire on Saturday.

UW-L has now won 53 of its last 75 games at home over the last seven seasons.

Eagles head coach Ken Koelbl says it starts with energy.

"The past couple games our on-floor guys have been very emotional, a lot of fire in their belly, kind of that look in their eye," he said. "Our bench has been active, and I just think that translates to good play when you're into it mentally and physical follows."

Junior forward Austin Fritz is in his first season at UW-L, but said the team takes pride in playing with confidence at home.

"If you have a lot of confidence at home and people come play you, it really is tougher for them to play," he said. "I think that's the biggest thing for us."

UW-L will try and extend the streak to six games on Wednesday night when they travel to UW-Oshkosh.

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