WAYNE – With another pair of home games scheduled for next weekend, the Wayne State College men closed out week three of their shortened schedule Saturday late afternoon.
From Rice Auditorium, WSC welcomed in Minnesota State-Mankato for the second straight day after the Wildcats won 85-68 Friday evening.
After building a 16- point lead in the second half, Minnesota State-Mankato held off the Wildcat men, 80-77. The Mavericks improve to 4-2 while WSC fell to 3-3 as both teams are tied for first in the NSIC South Division at 3-1.
Minnesota State led 44-36 at half as WSC outscored the Mavericks, 41-36 in the second half. Final again favored Minnesota State-Mankato, 80-77.
The Wildcat men were led in scoring by junior Jordan Janssen who became the 36th player in program history to record 1,000 points. He finished with a career-high 29 points (12-19 FG/5-7 FT) to go along with his 29th career double-double grabbing 14 boards, dishing out three assists, two blocks and one steal.
Junior Nate Mohr tallied 14 points and a team-high two steals (5-11 FG/3-6 3PT/1-1 FT) while freshman Jay Saunders added 10 points (4-6 FG/1-1 3PT/1-2 FT). Other scoring came from senior Ben Dentlinger (two blocks) and redshirt freshman Justin Eagins (three assists) with six points each; freshmen Alec Millender and Cody McCullough both scored five points as junior Henty Penner finished with two points.
WSC shot 29-60 (48.3%) from the field, 4-14 (33.3%) from behind the arc and 15-20 (75%) from the foul line.
Minnesota State-Mankato leaders were Quincy Anderson with 26 points; Malik Willingham and Devonte Thedford both scored 16 as Brady Williams fouled out with 12 points.
The Maverick men finished 24-52 (46.2%) from the floor, 14-25 (56%) from the three-point line and 18-23 (78.3%) at the charity stripe.
1st 2nd Final:
44 36 80 – MSU
36 41 77 – WSC
Junior Jordan Janssen of the Wildcat men’s team eclipsed the 1,000-point park with a 43-point weekend becoming the 36th player to do so in program history. Janssen is 35th in scoring with 1,017 points.
Senior Ben Dentlinger also surpassed Eric Henderson (1996-2000) and is now the all-time leader in blocked shots with 103 after a trio of blocks this past weekend.
The Wayne State College men will next host Upper Iowa on Friday and Saturday, January 22 – 23. Both games will be carried on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com with pregame coverage beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday.