MOORHEAD, MN – For the third time in first round NSIC Tournament action, the Wayne State College men began with a road contest at MSU Moorhead.
After hosting the first-round last year (first since 2005), S6 WSC visited N3 MSU Moorhead from the Nemzek Fieldhouse in Moorhead, Minnesota Wednesday evening.
Despite MSU Moorhead hitting seven first half three-pointers, WSC led by nine at half but fell late 69-65. The Dragons improve to 18-11 while the ‘Cats dropped their seventh straight ending the season 10-22.
Wayne State led 40-31 at half and were tied 62-62 with 2:22 left in the game before giving up six straight points. MSU Moorhead outscored WSC 38-25 in the second half.
Four Wildcats recorded double figures as Nick Ferrarini poured in 15 points (6-12 FG.3-8 3PT) and Ben Dentlinger tallied 14 points (5-8 FG/4-4 FT). Jordan Janssen posted his 17th double-double of the season and 27th in his career finishing with 13 points and 14 rebounds to go along with seven assists (6-14 FG/1-2 FT) while Nate Mohr scored 11 points (4-11 FG/2-7 3PT/1-1 FT).
Other scoring came from Al’Tavius with eight points as Henry Penner and Isiah Burd both tallied two points.
WSC finished 27-58 (46.6%) from the field, 5-18 (27.8%) from the three-point line and 6-7 (85.7%) at the charity stripe.
Four Huskies also finished with double figures led by Gavin Baumgartner with 21 points and nine rebounds. Dane Zimmer (eight boards) and Bryce Irsfeld both scored 14 points while Kaedrick Williams tacked on 11 points.
The Dragons shot 23-60 (38.3%) from the floor, 10-26 (38.5%) from behind the arc and 13-19 (68.4%) at the foul line.
NSIC men’s quarterfinal games are scheduled for Saturday, February 29 from the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.