WAYNE – A pair of men’s basketball teams who are sitting at the top of the NSIC South Division began a two-game weekend Friday night.
From Rice Auditorium, Wayne State College hosted Minnesota State-Mankato in front of a limited crowd that included family members from both schools, WSC students, band and community members.
Wayne State College started hot and remained hot during the game and defeated Minnesota State-Mankato, 85-68. WSC won their third straight improving to 3-2 (3-0 NSIC) while the Maverick men had their three-game winning streak snapped falling to 3-2 (2-1 NSIC).
Wayne State controlled the first half leading by 25 late before holding a 40-21 opening 20-minute advantage. The Maverick men did edge WSC in the second half, 47-45 but WSC led for 39:23 of the game to win 85-68.
Wayne State College was led in scoring by junior Nate Mohr with a career-high 22 points (7-13 FG/2-3 3PT/6-6 FT) while redshirt freshman Justin Eagins added 16 points off the bench (7-8 FG/2-2 3PT). Junior Jordan Janssen (7-12 FG/0-2 FT) and freshman Alec Millender (5-7 FG/2-3 3PT/ 2-2 FT) both scored 14 points as Janssen dished out a team-high six assists and tied with freshman Jay Saunders (eight points) with eight rebounds.
Senior Ben Dentlinger recorded his 101st career block and surpassed Eric Henderson (1996-2000) to go along with four points. Junior Henry Penner tallied three points while freshmen Zach LaFave and Karter Lein both scored two points.
WSC shot 34-56 (60.7%) from the field, 7-14 (50%) from the three-point line and 10-12 (83.3%) from the foul line.
Junior Davonte Thedford and freshman Brady Williams both paced the Maverick men with 13 points each while junior Kelby Kramer grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Minnesota State finished 23-58 (39.7%) from the floor, 10-27 (37%) from behind the arc and 12-18 (66.7%) from the charity stripe.
1st 2nd Final:
21 47 68 – Minnesota State
40 45 85 – Wayne State
The Wayne State College men will host Minnesota State-Mankato Saturday at 2:30 p.m. to close out the weekend. Pregame coverage is set for 2 p.m. on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedsailynews.com.
The Wayne State women (1-3, 0-2 NSIC) will open their road weekend Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Minnesota State-Mankato (2-2, 1-1 NSIC).