WAYNE – For the second straight home weekend, the Wayne State College men would fall behind early on their final game of a two-day homestand against a hot shooting opponent.
From Rice Auditorium, WSC welcomed Upper Iowa back for a Saturday showdown.
Upper Iowa built at most a 20-point lead in the first half and it was too much for WSC who fell 82-74. The Peacocks improved to 3-5 (1-3 NSIC) snapping a five-game losing streak while the ‘Cats fell to 4-4 (4-2 NSIC).
Wayne State was able to cut into the deficit and trail 40-29 at the break before outscoring Upper Iowa, 45-42 in the second half. WSC tied the game up at 68 all with 3:26 left in the game before suffering an 82-74 home loss.
The ‘Cats won Friday night 99-71.
WSC was led by a pair of 13-point scorers from junior Nate Mohr (5-13 FG/3-9 3PT) and freshman Alec Millender (5-10 FG/3-5 3PT). Junior Jordan Janssen recorded his 31st career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds (4-7 FG/4-6 FT) to go along with five blocks while redshirt freshman Justin Eagins added 11 points (4-7 FG/3-4 3PT).
Other scoring came from junior Henry Penner with seven points, senior Ben Dentlinger tallied six points and two blocks, freshman Jay Saunders scored five points and six boards, junior Nate Thayer poured in four points and freshman Cody McCullough had three points and six rebounds. Thayer and Mohr both finished with three assists each.
Wayne State shot 29-62 (46.8%) from the field, 11-26 (42.3%) from behind the arc and 5-8 (62.8%) from the foul line.
Peacock leaders were Joe Smoldt with 29 points, Lucas Duax with 23 points and Jareese Williams with 11 points.
Upper Iowa finished 28-64 (43.8%) from the floor, 10-23 (43.5%) from the three-point line and 16-16 (100%) at the charity stripe.
1st 2nd Final:
40 42 82 – Upper Iowa
29 45 74 – WSC
The Wayne State College men will next compete at Winona State University this Friday and Saturday, January 29-30 at 6 p.m. and 2 p.m.