UW-La Crosse men's basketball used a 24-5 run to start the second half to carry them to a 74-67 win over UW-Stout Wednesday night at Mitchell Hall.
Couple that with a 78-56 loss by UW-River Falls to UW-Eau Claire and the Eagles now own sole possession of first place in the WIAC with a 7-2 record.
The Eagles fell behind by as many as eight points in the first half and trailed 28-22 at the half before going on their run.
UW-L made eight of their first nine shots to start the second half and made 68% of their shots in the second half overall.
Devin Yurk led th way with 20 points.
Jared Staege had 18 points and 13 rebounds.
"We had some struggles in the first half and a lot of that was a credit to Stout. They came at us and played pretty hard. But we didn't panic. It's a simple game if you make some shots. That makes a big difference and we started to knock down some shots," said Eagles head coach Ken Koelbl.
"A gutsy team win, obviously. I didn't play very well but my teammates picked me up. Devin Yurk hit a bunch of big three's in the second half. Sean Wheeler came off the bench again in consecutive games and play very well. I think it's just a good gutsy team win," said Staege.
UW-L is now 13-7 overall.