The UW-Barron County Chargers men's basketball team wraps up its seven-game road stretch to open the season this weekend before playing their home opener Tuesday in the Rice Lake campus gym. The Chargers won two of three games in the past week to take a 3-2 mark into this weekend's trip to UW-Waukesha on Saturday and UW-Richland on Sunday. In Tuesday's home opener in the Rice Lake campus gym, the Chargers host UW-Marathon in a 7:30 p.m. start. Last Wednesday's 102-60 win at UW-Baraboo was the first Wisconsin Collegiate Conference West Division game for the Chargers. Tuesday's home opener against UW-Marathon is also a conference game. At Baraboo, the Chargers effectively pressed the Fighting Spirits early to race to a 32-3 lead. The Chargers were up 58-27 at halftime and cruised to the 42-point win in the second half. All nine Chargers scored, and six were in double figures, led by Andrew Brown with 18 points. The balanced scoring saw Cody Zivcic and Murdock Smith score 16 points each, Collin Driggs had 15, and Christian Fredrickson and Drew Buergi added 11 each. The Chargers had a big 53-33 rebounding bulge, with Buergi grabbing 11 boards. The Chargers were in Virginia, Minn., for the weekend in the four-team Mesabi Range Tip-Off Classic. "I really like to go up there each year early because the competition is exceptional and we come away a better team," said Chargers head coach Barney Slowey. The Chargers also came away with one win after losing their opener 87-63 to quick Mesabi Norsemen team on Friday. In Saturday's second round, the Rice Lake campus team dominated Fond du Lac Tribal College the entire route for an 85-57 win. "It was the one of the best games we've played in my 5 years here," said Slowey of Saturday's win. "We played unselfish offensive basketball and finally bought into our defense." Slowey said rebounding was also a key in the 28-point win as the Chargers outboarded the tall Thunder 51-41. Buergi and Brown had 10 rebounds each, and Garrett Verdegan added eight. Zivcic scored 24 points and Buergi tallied 18, followed by Brown with 16 and Smith with 12. Driggs had seven assists and Verdegan added six. In the Chargers' loss to Mesabi Range, Brown led the scoring with 18 points, followed by Smith with 11 and Verdegan with 10. The Chargers held a slight rebound edge, led by eight boards each from Zivcic and Smith. The Chargers' problems in the loss stemmed from 21 turnovers which the Norsemen turned into 35 points. The Chargers also hit only 14% (3 of 21) from three-point range, a statistic they improved to 37% (10 of 27) in the second game of the tournament. Zivcic was 6 of 10 from three-point range in the win over Fond du Lac Tribal College.