Defense and a willingness to dive for loose balls like that shown by Austin Ryf was a key ingredient in UWSP's win over Northwestern (Minn.) College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
There was a point in the season when University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point men's basketball coach Bob Semling had concerns about whether his team could stop anyone from scoring.
That might be a bit of an exaggeration.
But Semling made it clear if the Pointers wanted to achieve some lofty goals - namely winning a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship and the school's fourth NCAA Division III title - improvement was needed on the defensive end of the court. ...