WARRENSBURG, MO – The Wayne State College men’s basketball team opened their regular season during the first game of two in the Central Region Tipoff.
Friday evening from Warrensburg, Missouri, WSC took on Pittsburg State of the Mid-America Athletic Association.
Wayne State College built a six-point first half lead of 51-45. In the second half, Pittsburg State won the half, 47-44 as WSC hit four foul shots towards the end of the game to win 95-92. The ‘Cats open their season with a win for the second time in three years to now sit 1-0 while the Gorillas fall to 0-1.
WSC beat Missouri Western during a Tip-Off Classic in St. Joseph, Missouri to open their 2016 regular season.
Trevin Joseph poured in a team-high 23 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists as Vance Janssen added 19 points. Kendall Jacks tallied 12 points and six rebounds while Tony Bonner and Nick Ferrarini picked up 10 points each. Ben Dentlinger and Vance Janssen both accounted for a steal as Al’Tavius Jackson led WSC with nine rebounds and a steal as Jordan Janssen recorded two blocks.
The ‘Cats finished 35-60 (58.3%) from the field, 11-21 (52.4%) from the arc and 14-19 (73.7%) at the charity stripe.
Pitt State was led by Donovan Franklin with 26 points and seven rebounds as four others hit double figures.
The Gorillas shot 31-63 (49.2%) from the floor, 8-25 (32%) from the three-point line and 22-30 (73.3%) at the foul line.
1st 2nd Final:
51 44 95 – WSC
45 47 92 – Pittsburg State
In the night-cap, Central Missouri (MIAA) defeated Harding of the Great American Conference, 85-62.
The Wayne State men will close out the Central Tipoff Classic Saturday evening at 8 p.m. taking on Central Missouri.