Wayne State outscored Concordia-St. Paul 42-23 in the second half as the Wildcats completed at NSIC South Division weekend road sweep Saturday afternoon with an 82-60 win over the Golden Bears at Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The ‘Cats move to 2-2 and 2-0 in the NSIC South while Concordia-St. Paul is 2-2 overall and 0-2 in division play.
The Wildcats used strong shooting to get off to a strong start, making 9 of 14 shots to open the game as WSC held a 29-16 lead at the 9:22 mark of the first half.
Concordia-St. Paul rallied and scored the next 13 points in a span of 2:54 to take a short-lived 33-32 lead following a pair of free throws from Carlos Barela.
WSC then used back-to-back baskets from Justin Eagins and Nate Mohr to take the lead for good at 36-33.
After the Golden Bears closed within one on a pair of occasions, WSC closed the half with a pair of Jordan Janssen free throws to take a 40-37 lead at intermission.
The Wildcats scored the first five points of the second half to grab a 45-37 lead.
Concordia-St. Paul got as close as six several times, but the ‘Cats put the game away midway through the second half with a 15-4 run and took a 75-52 lead on a Nate Mohr 3-pointer with 4:54 to play and WSC closed the contest with a 82-60 win.
All 10 players that saw action in the contest scored, led by Janssen’s 18 points. Freshman guard Jay Saunders added 14 with Mohr scoring 11.
Wayne State made 31 of 64 shots from the field for 48.4 percent, including 6 of 12 behind the arc. WSC was 14-17 at the free throw line.
For Concordia-St. Paul, Carlos Barela and Jax Madson each scored 12 points with Jacob Shields adding 10.
CSP connected on 22 of 61 shots for 36 percent, going 6 of 27 from the 3-point line. The Golden Bears were 10 for 14 at the free throw line.
WSC held a 40-35 edge in rebounding thanks to nine boards from Janssen.
Saunders had four assists and three steals while senior forward Ben Dentlinger was credited with four blocked shots and is now tied with WSC Hall of Famer Eric Henderson for the all-time blocked shots lead at WSC with 100.
Wayne State will be at home next weekend hosting Minnesota State in NSIC South Division games Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium.
For the second straight day, Concordia-St. Paul shot over 50 percent from the field as the Golden Bears invaded Rice Auditorium for a 93-86 NSIC South Division women’s basketball win over Wayne State College Saturday afternoon. CSP stays unbeaten at 4-0 (2-0 NSIC South) while WSC drops to 1-3 and 0-2 in the divisional play.
The first quarter saw WSC take an early 11-0 lead less than 3 ½ minutes into the game.
But that lead was short-lived as Concordia-St. Paul scored the next 12 points to take a 12-11 advantage.
The two teams traded several leads before WSC used a 3-pointer and basket by senior forward Erin Norling to take a 23-22 lead after the first quarter.
The visiting Golden Bears surged to a double-digit lead early in the second quarter thanks to a 14-1 scoring run and held a 36-24 lead three minutes into the second quarter.
WSC closed within six at 46-40 on a Norling 3-pointer before the Golden Bears finished the half with a 49-40 lead, outscoring the ‘Cats 27-17 in the second quarter.
The game of runs continued in the third quarter as the visiting Golden Bears took a 67-53 lead at the 3:50 mark of the third quarter following a Riley Wheatcraft trey.
The Wildcats then closed the third quarter scoring 15 straight points and took a 68-67 lead to end the quarter on a Norling basket.
The start of the fourth quarter was Concordia-St. Paul’s turn for a scoring spurt as the Golden Bears opened the quarter with a 10-2 run for a 77-70 lead with 6:09 remaining.
WSC pulled within four at 81-77 on a pair of Kylie Hammer free throws with 3:12 to play, but the ‘Cats could not get any closer as Concordia-St. Paul made 7 of 11 shots in the quarter and 11 for 15 at the foul stripe to seal the 93-86 win.
Norling led Wayne State with a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. Junior guard Kylie Hammer scored 20 points with senior guard Halley Busse adding 19. Junior Autumn Mlinar also hit double digits with 14.
Wayne State made 23 of 58 shots from the field for 39.7 percent and was 9 for 24 behind the arc. The ‘Cats drained 31 of 35 free throws for 88.6 percent.
Riley Wheatcraft scored 26 points for the Golden Bears followed by Lindsey Becher with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Danielle Schaub added 12 points for CSP.
WSC won the rebounding battle over CSP 38-32 thanks to 13 boards by Norling and five by Hammer.
Busse finished with five assists and three steals for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats hit the road next weekend for NSIC South Division games at Minnesota State Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. in Mankato, Minnesota.