ST. PAUL, MN – With the next two weekends’ being home NSIC South Division action for the Wayne State College men’s basketball team, WSC closed out their first road doubleheader Saturday afternoon.
Back at the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, the ‘Cats competed against Concordia-St. Paul for the second straight day.
WSC pulled away in the second half over the Golden Bears to win 82-60. Wayne State is now 2-2 (2-0 NSIC South) while Concordia-St. Paul fell to 1-3 (0-2 NSIC South)
The Wildcat men held a 40-37 first half lead with only a pair of lead changes and two ties. WSC then scored 15 points off of CSP turnovers in the second half to pull away thanks to a 42-23 scoring clip. Final again favored the Wildcats wining 82-60.
Wayne State was led in scoring by junior Jordan Janssen with 18 points and nine rebounds (8-15 FG/2-2 FT) while freshman Jay Saunders added 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals (6-7 FG/1-1 3PT/1-2 FT) and junior Nate Mohr tallied 11 points (4-11 FG/3-6 3PT).
Nine-point scoring came from redshirt freshman Justin Eagins, junior Henry Penner and freshman Alec Millender, freshman Cody McCullough poured in four points and three steals, senior Ben Dentlinger (six boards/four blocks) and junior Nate Thayer tacked on three points each as freshman Zach LaFave scored two points.
WSC shot 31-64 (48.4%) from the field, 6-12 (50%) from behind the arc and 14-17 (82.4%) at the foul line.
The Golden Bears were led by Carlos Barela with 12 points and eight boards, Jax Madson added 12 points and Jacob Shields poured in 10 points and seven boards.
CSP finished 22-61 (36.1%) from the floor, 6-27 (22.2%) from the three-point line and 10-14 (71.4%) at the charity stripe.
1st 2nd Final:
40 42 82 – WSC
37 23 60 – CSP
The Wayne State College men will host Minnesota State-Mankato and Upper Iowa the next two weekends on Friday and Saturday, January 15-16 and 22-23. Friday home games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Saturday outings being played at 2:30 p.m.