Host Oklahoma Baptist Pulls Away Late, Wildcat Men Suffer Season-Opener Loss

SHAWNEE, OK – Two teams selected among the top of their respective conferences went to battle Friday night during the NISC/GAC Challenge.

From the Noble Complex in Shawnee, Oklahoma, the Wayne State College men’s basketball team began their 2021-22 season at Oklahoma Baptist University.

OBU used hot second half shooting from behind the arc to secure the 74-61 victory. The Bison improved to 1-0 while WSC fell to 0-1.

Jordan Janssen paced the Wildcats in scoring with 18 points, six rebounds and two steals (9-13 FG), Justin Eagins added 13 points and a team-high four assists (5-14 FG/1-8 3PT/2-2 FT) while Alec Millender followed with 11 points (4-11 FG/3-6 3PT).

Cody McCullough scored seven points and grabbed six boards; Ben Dentlinger finished with six points; Zach LaFave had four points and Sean Stokes tacked on two points.

The Wildcats shot 27-66 (40.9%) from the field, 4-22 (18.2%) from behind the arc and 3-4 (75%) from the foul line.

Oklahoma Baptist was led in scoring by Burke Putnam with 33 points (14-21 FG/3-5 3PT/2-2 FT). Nigel Wilcox had 10 points and 10 boards while other 10 point scorers were Brantly Thompson and Harrison Stoaddart.

The Bison finished 32-62 (51.6%) from the floor, 8-23 (34.8%) from the three-point line and 2-4 (50%) at the charity stripe.


1st Half 2nd Final:

29 32  61 – WSC

31 43 74 – OBU

During game one of the NSIC/GAC Challenge, MSU Moorhead hit a shot with 0.9 seconds remaining to defeat Southeastern Oklahoma State, 79-78.

The Wayne State College men’s basketball will turn right around and face Southeastern Oklahoma State University of the Great American Conference on Saturday, November 13 at 5:30 p.m.