ST. PAUL, MN – With back-to-back home weekends approaching for the Wayne State College men, WSC began NSIC South Division play on the road Friday night.
From the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, the ‘Cats visited Concordia-St. Paul.
Wayne State trailed by three points early but took the only lead change of the game shortly after and built a 29-point lead in the second half. WSC secured the road 88-76 victory improving to 1-2 (1-0 South) while CSP fell to 1-2 (0-1 South)
WSC led 50-31 at the break the Golden Bears mounted a second half comeback outscoring the ‘Cats 45-38. Final again favored the Wildcats 88-76.
The Wildcats were led by a trio in double figure scoring as junior Henry Penner went off for a career-high 28 points on 10-14 FG (6-9 3PT/2-2 FT), tied for a team-high four assists and two steals. Junior Jordan Janssen followed with 24 points and seven rebounds (8-11 FG/8-10 FT) and freshman Alec Millender poured in 15 points (5-8 FG/2-3 3PT/3-4 FT).
Other scoring came from senior Ben Dentlinger (eight boards) with seven points, junior Nate Thayer and freshman Cody McCullough with four points each, redshirt freshman Justin Eagins with three points, junior Nate Mohr (four assists) with two points and freshman Jay Saunders scored a point.
WSC shot 31-64 (48.4%) from the field, 10-24 (41.7%) from behind the arc and 16-22 (72.7%) at the foul line.
Golden Bear double figure scores came from Carlos Barela with 14 points, Cade Hoffman with 11 points as Jax Madson and Noah Kannegiesser both finished with 10 points.
CSP finished 27-70 (38.6%) from the floor, 9-39 (23.1%) from the three-point line and 13-19 (68.4%) at the charity stripe.
1st 2nd Final:
50 38 88 – WSC
31 45 76 – CSP
The Wayne State College men will continue their road weekend Saturday afternoon at Concordia-St. Paul at 2 p.m. We’ll have comments from head coach Jeff Kaminsky during the WSC vs. CSP women’s pregame show that starts at 2 p.m. on the Wildcat Sports Network Saturday.