St. Cloud State shot 62 percent in the second half and finished the game making 55.4 percent from the field (31 of 56) as the Huskies rolled over Wayne State College 82-58 in a Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball game played Friday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The visiting Huskies improved to 14-6 and 10-4 in the NSIC North while WSC falls to 11-12 overall and 6-9 in the NSIC South Division.
Wayne State led early in the contest as the ‘Cats took a five point lead at 14-9 following a Tony Bonner jumper at the 13:43 mark.
The Wildcats’ last lead of the game came at 17-16 on a Trevin Joseph layup with 10:47 to play in the half.
St. Cloud State took the lead for good on the next possession on a Gage Davis layup for a 18-17 Husky lead.
With SCSU holding a 24-21 lead with just over five minutes left in the first half, the Huskies scored the next seven points for a 31-21 lead and finished the first half with a 35-25 advantage.
The Huskies made 12 of their first 15 shots of the second half and never allowed the Wildcats a chance to get back into the game. SCSU opened the half with a 16-6 run, taking a 51-31 lead with 13:57 to play and the Huskies cruised the rest of the second half to post a 82-58 win.
Brian Goodwin and Tony Bonner were the lone Wildcats in double figures with 10 points apiece.
WSC shot 41.4 percent from the field, making 24 of 58 shots. The ‘Cats were 4 for 18 from the 3-point line and 6 of 11 at the free throw line.
Gage Davis led St. Cloud State with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Sean Smith also hit double digits with 12.
The Huskies finished the game connecting on 31 of 56 shots for 55.4 percent. SCSU was 6 of 13 behind the arc and 14 for 19 at the free throw line.
St. Cloud State won the rebounding battle over WSC 38-29 thanks to 12 boards from Davis while Bonner grabbed five rebounds to lead the Wildcats.
Vance Janssen was credited with five steals in the contest for the Wildcats.
WSC will host Minnesota Duluth in an NSIC contest Saturday with tip off set for 6 p.m.
Wayne State jumped out to a 25-11 first quarter lead and shot over 50 percent from the field for just the fourth time this season as the Wildcats rolled to an 84-56 Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball win Friday evening over St. Cloud State at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The ‘Cats are now 17-6 and 11-4 in the NSIC South while SCSU drops to 12-6 and 9-5 in the NSIC North.
The Wildcats never trailed in the contest, building a 16-6 lead just over five minutes into the game following a 3-pointer from Maggie Schulte. The ‘Cats ended the first quarter with a 25-11 lead thanks to 7 of 11 shooting in the quarter.
Wayne State continued their hot shooting in the second quarter, going 8 of 16 from the field as the ‘Cats increased the lead to 42-25 at intermission.
WSC pushed the lead to as many as 21 in the third quarter before finishing the stanza with a 63-46 lead.
Wildcat reserves dominated play in the fourth quarter with the ‘Cats taking their biggest lead of the night at 30 on a Anna Eckert 3-pointer before ending the game with a 84-56 victory.
Wayne State ended the night shooting 30 of 57 for 52.6 percent, including 10 of 21 from the 3-point line and 14 of 16 (87.5%) at the charity stripe.
Senior center Paige Ballinger led WSC in scoring with 19 points, going 7 of 11 from the field and 5 for 6 at the stripe. Freshman Erin Norling and senior Maggie Schulte also hit double figures with 13 and 10 points respectively.
St. Cloud State was 25 of 71 from the field for 35.2 percent, going just 4 of 22 behind the arc and 2 of 3 at the free throw line.
Amanda Christianson poured in 11 points for SCSU followed by Andrea Thomas with 10.
SCSU had one more rebound than WSC 37-36. Andrea Larson had nine caroms for the Wildcats followed by Schulte grabbing eight boards.
WSC held a 26-16 advantage on points in the paint and 17-2 in points off turnovers.
Schulte handed out six assists for WSC while Ballinger had two steals.
The Wildcats will be at home again Saturday hosting Minnesota Duluth in a 4 p.m. contest.