SHAWNEE, OK – The Wayne State College men’s basketball team of the NSIC took on their second straight Great American Conference foe during the NSIC/GAC Challenge Saturday night.
Back at the Noble Complex in Shawnee, Oklahoma, the ‘Cats took on the host Oklahoma Baptist University Bison. This marked the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Oklahoma Baptist took the early lead of 38-31 at the half. The Bison then pulled away in the second half thanks to a 45-27 scoring clip. Final saw Oklahoma Baptist win 83-58 to improve to 2-0 while the ‘Cats fall to 0-5.
Three Wildcats scored double figures led by Nate Mohr with 15 points and three assists followed by Al’Tavius Jackson and Jordan Janssen (three steals) with 11 points and four rebounds each. Other scoring came from Nick Ferrarini with nine points, Ben Dentlinger added eight points and Nate Thayer scored four points. Henry Penner recorded a team-high seven rebounds.
WSC shot 19-53 (35.8%) from the floor, 5-16 (31.3%) from behind the arc and 15-23 (65.2%) from the foul line.
Wayne State scored 24 points in the paint, 10 points from 19 forced turnovers, five second chance points from six offensive rebounds, nine fast break points and four bench points.
Oklahoma Baptist was led by Jaquan Simons with 17 points, Rashad Lewis with 13 points, Jacque Brown with 10 points and eight assists as well as a double-double from Dishon Lowery with 10 points and 10 boards. Harrison Stoddart finished with 11 boards and eight points.
The Bison went 32-61 (52.5%) from the field, 13-24 (54.2%) from the three point line and 6-7 (85.7%) from the charity stripe.
The Wayne State College men will join the Wildcat women for their home opener on Wednesday, November 13 from Rice Auditorium. The women will host Peru State at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men hosting Nebraska Christian College at 7:30 p.m.