MILWAUKEE — The UW-Whitewater men’s basketball team used a strong first half to win its season-opening game Tuesday at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Junior transfer Equan Ards led the Warhawks with 30 points on 10 of 17 shooting from the field and a 10-for-11 performance from the free-throw line.

Whitewater built a 49-36 break by halftime and then held on down the stretch.

Bailey Kale added 18 points for the Warhawks, who shot 28 of 59 (47.5%) from the field overall. Paul Kingsley finished with 11 points.

UW-Whitewater hosts Washington-St. Louis at 8 p.m. Friday at Kachel Gymnasium.

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