MARSHALL, MN – As the Wayne State College men closed out their home schedule last weekend going 3-5, the team looked to remain undefeated in NSIC road competition.
From the R/A Facility in Marshall, Minnesota, WSC opened four straight road games with a Friday night showdown at Southwest Minnesota State.
The Wildcat men got hot from the start by outscoring SMSU 35-20 in the first half and finished the second half with a 47-34 advantage. WSC secured their fifth road win of the season thanks to an 82-54 road victory. The ‘Cats improved to 8-5 (8-3 NSIC) while SMSU fell to 7-6 (0-4 NSIC).
The Wildcat men were led by four players in double figures. Junior Jordan Janssen recorded his seventh (34th in career) double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds (7-10 FG/1-3 FT) to go along with five assists and two steals. Freshman Alec Millender also poured in 15 points (6-8 FG/3-4 3PT) while dishing out six assists. Junior Nate Mohr (5-11 FG/3-6 3PT) and redshirt freshman Justin Eagins (4-7 FG/3-5 3PT/2-2 FT) both finished with 13 points. Eagins also led the team in steals with three.
Other scoring came from freshman Jay Saunders with six points and six rebounds, senior Ben Dentlinger tallied six points and five blocks, junior Nate Thayer scored five points, junior Henry Penner added four points, freshman Zach LaFave had three points and freshman Cody McCullough came away with two points and nine boards. The five blocks in a single game tied a career-high for Dentlinger.
WSC shot 33-57 (57.9%) from the field, 11-18 (61.1%) from the three-point line and 5-10 (50%) at the foul line.
SMSU leaders were Jake Phipps with 11 points while Cliff McCray and Sam Schwartz both finished with 10 points.
The Mustangs finished 20-53 (37.7%) from the floor, 10-26 (38.5%) from behind the arc and 4-10 (40%) from the charity stripe.
1st 2nd Final:
35 47 82 – WSC
20 34 54 – SMSU
The Wayne State men will next visit Southwest Minnesota Saturday at 2 p.m.