SIOUX FALLS, SD – After advancing to their fifth semifinal game in program history, the S3 Wayne State College men’s basketball team took on S5 Southwest Minnesota State Monday evening.
The second 2019 NSIC/Sanford Health Men’s Basketball Conference semifinal game took over the Sanford Pentagon.
The opening half went back-and-forth as Southwest Minnesota State took a 39-37 lead into the locker room. In the second half, WSC built a 10-point lead with 9:44 left in the game. The ‘Cats tied the game up at the end of regulation tied 69-69. In overtime, SMSU hit 3-4 from behind the arc to win in OT 84-78. The Mustangs improved to 18-13 as WSC fell to 21-10.
All five Wildcat starters recorded double figures led by the 16 points from senior Kendall Jacks who moved into second all-time in career scoring with 1,626. Senior Trevin Joseph followed with 14 points; freshman Jordan Janssen tabbed his 10th double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 boards; senior Vance Janssen added 11 points and four assists as freshman Nick Ferrarini finished with 10 points. Freshman Nate Mohr poured in eight points, junior transfer Al’Tavius Jackson tallied six points and sophomore Ben Dentlinger closed with a point and two blocks.
WSC shot 25-55 (45.5%) from the field, 7-21 (33.3%) from behind the arc and 21-30 (70%) from the foul line.
Ryan Bruggeman paced the Mustangs in scoring with 34 points (17-19 FT) to go along with 11 rebounds and six assists. Taylor Schafer added 19 points (5-8 3PT); Kenny Byers with 14 points and Michael Lee tallied 12 points (4-5 3PT).
SMSU finished 26-63 (41.3%) from the floor, 11-22 (50%) from the three-point line and 21-26 (80.8%) from the charity stripe.
Scoring by half:
1st 2nd OT Final:
39 30 15 84 – SMSU
37 32 9 78 – WSC
In the first men’s semifinal game, N1 Northern State used a shot at the buzzer to defeat S6 Winona State, 77-76. SMSU will face Northern at 7:30 during the men’s championship game Tuesday evening.
This will be the third straight championship game SMSU has appeared in marking a rematch from last year’s game. Northern State defeated the Mustangs (81-75).
Women’s semifinals went to N1 MSU Moorhead over S2 Sioux Falls, 77-64 and N2 Minnesota Duluth over N4 St. Cloud State, 68-50. MSU Moorhead will face Minnesota Duluth at 5 p.m. Tuesday night for the women’s championship game.