WAYNE – For the third time in the past 10 nights, the Wayne State College men’s basketball team played in front of the home crowd hosting a regional opponent.
From Rice Auditorium, WSC entertained Central Missouri of the MIAA Friday night.
The Wayne State men trailed for most of the first half and found themselves behind 34-31 at the break. Following a three-point basket by UCM, WSC then scored 13 straight and took control in the second half by outscoring the Mules 42-29. Final saw Wayne State win 73-63 to improve to 3-5 (winning three straight at home) while Central Missouri fell to 1-4.
After winning 11 games at home last season, the Wildcat men are off to a 3-0 start at home. The win also marked the 500th career win for coach Jeff Kaminsky.
A pair of 20-point scorers led the way for WSC with a double-double performance from Jordan Janssen scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds (seven offensive) on 4-10 shooting (12-17 FT). Nick Ferrarini also scored 20 points on 8-15 shooting (4-9 3PT).
Other scoring came from Al’Tavius Jackson with nine points (two steals/two assists/five boards), Ben Dentlinger with eight points (six boards/three blocks), Nate Thayer added seven points (four assists/three boards), Nate Mohr scored five points (four assists/five steals) and Henry Penner tallied four points (two assists/three boards).
Wayne State shot 26-59 (44.1%) from the field, 6-22 (27.3%) from behind the arc and 15-23 (65.2%) from the foul line.
DeAndre Sorrells was the top scorer for Central Missouri with 16 points while Joshua Greer added 10 points off the bench.
The Mules finished 27-57 (47.4%) from the floor, 6-17 (35.3%) from the three-point line and 3-5 (60%) at the charity stripe.
The Wayne State College men’s basketball team will be off until they play another central region opponent on Tuesday, November 26. WSC will visit in-state foes, Nebraska-Kearney at 7:30 p.m. Coverage on the Wildcat Sports Network (Big Red Country ‘KCTH’ 104.9) and waynedasilynews.com is set for 7 p.m.