STEVENS POINT, WI (WSAU-UWSP Tyler Tillema (Randolph, WI/Randolph) was named the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Player of the Year, Bob Semling was chosen as the WIAC Coach of the Year and three other UW-Stevens Point players were named in the 2013-14 All-WIAC Men's Basketball Team, as announced on Wednesday. Tillema is the eighth UWSP player to be named the conference player of the year and the first since Jason Kalsow in 2004-05. Tillema is tied for the conference lead in scoring (20.3 ppg) and has 16 games of 20 or more points. The senior ranks third in the WIAC in assists (3.8 apg), fifth in steals (1.38 spg), fifth in blocks (0.9 bpg), sixth in field-goal percentage (.535) and seventh in minutes (31.12). Tillema was also named to the All-WIAC First Team in 2011-12. Semling was selected as the WIAC Coach of the Year for the second year in a row and the fourth time in his nine years at UW-Stevens Point after guiding the Pointers to their 28th regular season title and eighth WIAC Tournament championship. UW-Stevens Point has been the top-ranked team in the country for the last 11 weeks and has been in the top five all season. On January 11, Semling earned his 201st career victory at UWSP, passing Jack Bennett as the winningest coach in program history.
Trevor Hass (New London, WI/New London/Augustana (SD)) and Clayton Heuer (Wisconsin Rapids, WI/Lincoln/UW-Green Bay) joined Tillema on the All-WIAC First Team and each earned the honor for the second year in a row. Hass leads the WIAC in three-point field-goals made (3.07 per game) and ranks third in scoring (17.4 ppg), third in free-throw percentage (.807) third in three-point field-goal percentage (.477), fourth in steals (1.59 spg) and eighth in field-goal percentage (.528). He also set the single-game school scoring record with a 45-point performance, highlighted by nine three-pointers, at UW-La Crosse on Jan. 25 and scored 40 in an overtime win against Whitman on Dec. 29. Hass was also selected as the Pointers representative on the All-WIAC Sportsmanship Team. Heuer was named to the first team and is fourth in the conference in field-goal percentage (.550), while shooting 41.7 percent from behind the arc and 81.7 percent from the free-throw line. Heuer is behind only Tillema and Hass on UWSP in scoring (9.1 ppg) and rebounding (4.6 rpg) this season. The center tied his career-high with 20 points at UW-Superior on Jan. 11 and in the WIAC Tournament semifinals versus UW-Platteville on Feb. 28. He also recorded his first career double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds at UW-River Falls on Feb. 15.
Austin Ryf (Winneconne, WI/Winneconne) was selected to the five-man WIAC All-Defensive Team and sits ninth in the conference in steals (1.19 spg). Ryf is a key part of UWSP's defense that is leading the conference in scoring defense (58.9 ppg), field-goal percentage defense (.410) and three-point field-goal defense (.309). The 58.9 points per game allowed is the seventh-best mark in the nation. The Pointers are third in the WIAC in steals (7.07 spg) and turnovers forced (12.7 per game).
UW-Stevens Point hosts the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament this weekend. The Pointers face Marian University in the first round at 8 p.m. on Friday night following a first-round matchup between St. Olaf College and Central College.