Wayne State College used four players scoring in double figures along with 66 percent (16-24) shooting in the second half as the Wildcats topped Concordia-St. Paul 83-71 in a Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball game played Friday night at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The Wildcats match last year’s win total (10-19) by improving to 10-7 overall and 5-4 in league play while CSP is now 2-12 and 1-7 in the NSIC.
The Wildcats never trailed in the contest, taking a 15-4 lead just 4:30 into the contest. WSC pushed the lead to 18 at 28-10 following a pair of Austin Esters free throws at the 8:34 mark and finished the opening half with a 38-23 lead.
After WSC took their biggest lead of the game early in the second half at 46-27 (17:10 remaining), Concordia-St. Paul chipped away at the Wildcat lead and got as close as six at 50-44 with 10:59 to play.
Wayne State responded and increased the lead to 15 points at 63-48 with eight minutes to play. Concordia-St. Paul crept within nine at 68-59 before WSC pushed the lead back to double digits and led 80-64 with 1:21 remaining before finishing with the 83-71 victory.
Brian Goodwin led a balanced Wildcat scoring effort with 16 points to go with a team-high eight rebounds. Vance Janssen and Trevin Joseph both scored 14 points with Austin Esters adding a season-high 12 points.
Wayne State 53.6 percent from the field on 30 of 56, including 16 of 24 in the second half for 66.7 percent. The ‘Cats were 7 for 21 from the 3-point line and 16 of 21 at the charity stripe. It was the eighth game this season that WSC shot 50 percent or better from the field.
Ahmad Newsome poured in a game-high 20 points for Concordia-St. Paul. Avan Ward added 16 points with Max Keefe scoring 12.
Concordia-St. Paul had a tale of two halves shooting the basketball. After making just 6 of 26 (23%) in the first half, the Golden Bears warmed up to make 18 of 27 (66.7%) in the second half to finish the game 24 of 53 for 45.3 percent. CSP was 3 of 13 behind the arc and 20 for 24 at the free throw line.
WSC won the rebounding battle over CSP 35-24 thanks to eight boards from Goodwin. Bryndan Matthews grabbed six boards for the Golden Bears.
Kendall Jacks had six of Wayne State’s 18 assists while Vance Janssen and Trevin Joseph each had two steals.
Wayne State will be at home again Saturday night hosting Minnesota State at 6 p.m. in Rice Auditorium.
Freshmen Erin Norling and Halley Busse combined for 29 points to lead the Wayne State College women’s basketball team in a 72-47 Northern Sun Conference victory over Concordia-St. Paul Friday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. WSC improves to 13-4 and 7-2 in league play while the visiting Golden Bears fall to 4-10 and 1-7 in the NSIC.
Both teams’ leading scorer spent the night in foul trouble, resulting in other players to contribute for both teams.
Wayne State’s Paige Ballinger picked up two fouls at the 6:37 mark of the first quarter, sending her to the bench for the rest of the half, while Concordia-St. Paul’s Anna Schmitt recorded her third foul at the 7:58 mark of the second quarter sending her to the bench for the remainder of the half.
WSC jumped out to an early 8-2 lead, but then went cold from the floor as the Golden Bears finished the quarter on a 12-2 run to give Concordia-St. Paul a 14-10 first quarter lead.
The Wildcats then opened the second quarter on a 19-0 run, giving WSC a 29-14 lead. WSC then finished the first half with a 34-23 lead at intermission.
After WSC opened the second half with a basket from Paige Ballinger to take a 36-23 lead, Concordia-St. Paul scored the next seven points and got within six at 36-30. The Wildcats then closed the quarter strong and took a 49-36 lead.
The Wildcats then put the game out of reach with a 10-1 run to open the fourth quarter, taking a 59-37 lead, and the Wildcats outscored CSP 23-11 in the fourth quarter to finish with the 72-47 win.
Norling finished with a game-high 17 points to lead Wayne State in scoring, going 8 of 14 from the field. Busse also hit double digits with 12 points for the Wildcats.
Wayne State made 23 of 49 shots from the field for 46.9 percent, including 5 of 9 from the 3-point line, and 21 for 29 (72.4%) at the free throw stripe.
Anna Schmitt paced Concordia-St. Paul with 13 points followed by Kayla Miller and Brianna Miller with 12 and 10 respectively.
The Golden Bears shot 32.3 percent from the field on 20 of 62 shooting. CSP was just 1 of 10 behind the arc and 6 for 9 at the charity line.
WSC held a commanding 36-15 edge in points off turnovers thanks to forcing 25 turnovers on CSP while WSC had 15.
The Golden Bears out-rebounded Wayne State 42-31 with Lindsay Dorr hauling in nine caroms for CSP while Ballinger grabbed seven boards for the ‘Cats.
The Wildcats will be at home again Saturday afternoon hosting Minnesota State in a NSIC contest at 4 p.m.