WAYNE – After a back-and-forth early battle that showcased five ties in the first half, the Wayne State College men built a double figure lead early in the second half to open their league schedule Tuesday night.
From Rice Auditorium, WSC welcomed in Augustana.
Key foul shots were made by freshman Jay Saunders and redshirt freshman Justin Eagins which allowed the Wayne State men to hold onto the 63-59 victory. WSC improved to 3-2 (1-0 NSIC) as the Vikings fell to 4-1 (0-1 NSIC).
The first 20 minutes were low scoring of 32-25 while Augie held a slight advantage in the second half, 34-31. Wayne State led at most by 13 points with 13:26 left in the second half and never gave up the lead to win 63-59.
Junior Jordan Janssen paced WSC in scoring with 14 points, nine boards, three assists and two steals (6-11 FG/2-2 FT); followed by Eagins with 13 points and six rebounds (5-9 FG/1-4 3PT/2-2 FT) and Saunders poured in 10 points to go along with two steals (3-6 FG/1-1 3PT/3-4 FT).
Other scoring came from freshman Alec Millender and junior Nate Mohr with nine points each, freshman Cody McCullough added four points and seven rebounds as two point scoring came from freshmen Zach LaFave and Sean Stokes. Senior Ben Dentlinger tied a career-high in blocks with five as junior Nate Thayer also had two steals.
Wayne State College shot 24-52 (46.2%) from the field, 4-14 (28.6%) from the three point line and 11-14 (78.6%) from the foul line.
Augustana leaders were Dylan LeBrun and Jameson Bryan with 14 points each.
The Vikings finished 20-63 (31.7%) from the floor, 4-21 (19%) from behind the arc and 15-18 (83.3%) at the charity stripe.
Both teams finished with 33 rebounds (14-7 offensive in favor of Augie) which led to a 10-9 advantage in second chance points. WSC scored 11 points off 11 Augie turnovers while the Vikings scored six points off 12 Wildcat turnovers. WSC won the battle in the paint (36-26); fast breaks (11-10) and bench scoring (17-10).
The Wayne State College men will be off until Saturday, November 27 hosting Doane at 3:30 p.m. before welcoming in Nebraska-Kearney on Monday, November 29 at 7 p.m. Pregame show coverage of WSC vs. UNK basketball will be on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com starting at 6:30 p.m.