WAYNE – A day after Doane University took a top 25 Augustana University men’s basketball team down to the wire, the Wayne State College men were going to have their hands full.
From Rice Auditorium, the Wildcat men welcomed in the Tigers Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of 272 fans.
After dropping a 67-57 exhibition road game last Friday at Augie, Doane then competed in a second straight exhibition game getting off to a hot start.
The Tigers used 11 three point baskets to hold onto the 76-72 victory over WSC who fell to 3-3 overall and are 1-0 in NSIC play. Doane remained at 7-4 overall (2-2 GPAC).
Seven three’s were made in the first half which saw Doane hold a slight 37-30 lead at the break. WSC did outscore the Tigers, 42-39 in the second half but suffered the 76-72 home loss (first home loss of the year, now 3-1).
The game also featured 11 lead changes and four ties.
Junior Jordan Janssen led a trio of Wildcat double figure scorers with 27 points and eight rebounds (8-15 FG/11-15 FT), followed by junior Nate Mohr with 19 points (6-15 FG/4-8 3PT/3-3 FT) as redshirt freshman Justin Eagins poured in 10 points (4-10 FG/1-4 3PT/1-1 FT).
Other scoring came from freshman Cody McCullough with eight points, two blocks and a team-high 12 rebounds; freshman Zach LaFave added four points as two point scoring came from freshmen Alec Millender (two assists/two steals) and Jay Saunders.
Wayne State shot 24-56 (42.9%) from the field, 5-15 (33.3%) from behind the arc and 19-26 (73.1%) at the foul line.
Doane scoring came from Josiah Gardiner with 27 points as Anthony Laravie tallied 25 points.
The Tigers finished 28-48 (58.3%) from the floor, 11-16 (68.8%) from the three-point line and 9-18 (50%) at the charity stripe.
Both teams scored 34 points in the paint, Doane scored 12 points off eight Wildcat turnovers while WSC scored 10 points off 10 Tiger turnovers, Wayne State out rebounded Doane (32-25/11-2 offensive) which led to nine Wildcat second chance points and just two for the Tigers.
The Wildcats used 23 bench points compared to nine from Doane.
The Wayne State College men will close out their non-conference schedule on Monday, November 29 with another in-state opponent of Nebraska-Kearney. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Join Voice of the Wildcats, Aaron Scheffler on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com with pregame show coverage on the Wildcat Sports Network set for 6:30 p.m.
The Lopers are 3-1 on the season and are coming off an 81-65 road victory over South Dakota Mines on November 23.