Wayne State senior forward Kendall Jacks paced four Wildcat players in double figures with 21 points as the Wildcats used a late scoring surge to finish off pesky Concordia-St. Paul 77-68 in Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball Sunday afternoon at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. With the win, WSC remains in a first place tie with Minnesota State in the NSIC South Division at 10-4 in league play and 15-4 overall while CSP falls to 8-12 and 3-11 in NSIC games.
An entertaining first half saw the two teams exchange three ties and 11 lead changes. The third and final tie of the first half came at 21-21 on a Vance Janssen free throw with 7:10 to play in the half.
A Kendall Jacks jumper with 1:36 to go before halftime gave the Wildcats their biggest lead of the first half at 36-29, but Concordia-St. Paul closed the half with a pair of baskets to cut the lead to 36-33 at intermission.
The Golden Bears stayed close with WSC for most of the second half until late in the contest.
Concordia-St. Paul’s final lead came at 49-47 on a pair of Bryndan Matthews free throws with 11:44 to play.
WSC took the lead for good scoring the next seven points, highlighted by a dunk from sophomore Ben Dentlinger.
CSP got as close as two at 54-52 on a Lee Higgins 3-pointer with 8:47 to play.
WSC then went on a 12-4 scoring run and took their first double-digit lead at 66-56 on a pair of Nick Ferrarini free throws at the 4:56 mark.
The Wildcats’ final nine points came from the foul line in the final 3:32 as WSC finished with the 77-68 win.
Jacks led WSC in scoring with 21 points, going 8 of 15 from the field and a perfect 5 for 5 at the stripe. Jordan Janssen recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Trevin Joseph and Vance Janssen also hit double digits with 13 and 10 respectively.
WSC connected on 25 of 58 shots for 43.1 percent, going 6 for 20 from the 3-point line and 21 for 24 (87.5%) at the charity stripe.
Isaiah McKay scored a game-high 23 points for Concordia-St. Paul with Bryndan Matthews adding 15 and Cody Carlson 13 to go with 14 rebounds.
CSP held a slim 37-35 advantage in rebounding despite 10 boards from Jordan Janssen and eight by Ferrarini.
Vance Janssen handed out four assists and had two of the Wildcats’ four steals.
Wayne State will play NSIC North Division road games next weekend in Bismarck, North Dakota Friday night vs. the University of Mary at 7:30 p.m. followed by a Saturday 5:30 p.m. contest at Minot State.
Wayne State held Concordia-St. Paul to just 25 percent shooting as the Wildcats shut down the NSIC South Division leading Golden Bears 71-49 Sunday afternoon at Rice Auditorium in Wayne in a Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball contest. The host Wildcats improve to 13-7 and 8-6 in the NSIC while CSP sees a six-game win streak come to an end and now holds records of 14-5 and 10-4 in league play.
The Wildcats never trailed in the contest, taking a 16-5 lead in the first 5:15 of the contest. WSC maintained a double digit lead in the first quarter and held a 20-9 lead after 10 minutes of play.
The Golden Bears scored the first six points of the second stanza to get within five at 20-15. WSC responded with their own 7-0 run and pushed the lead to 27-15 followed a Halley Busse jumper at the 6:15 mark. The ‘Cats sustained a double digit lead the rest of the quarter and ended the half with a 37-26 lead.
The Wildcat defense never allowed Concordia-St. Paul a chance to get back into the game in the second half, limiting the Golden Bears to 21 percent shooting on 8 of 38 in the half.
CSP was within nine at 43-34 late third quarter, but WSC closed the quarter on a 8-2 run and held a 51-36 lead after three quarters.
WSC held a 20-13 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter and finished with a 71-49 win over the NSIC’s hottest team entering the day.
Sophomores Erin Norling and Halley Busse each scored 18 points to pace Wayne State.
The Wildcats shot 39.3 percent from the field, making 22 of 56 shots. WSC was 6 of 16 from the 3-point line and 21 for 27 at the charity stripe.
Lindsay Dorr poured in 18 points to lead Concordia-St. Paul with Anna Schmitt scoring 13.
CSP was held to just 25 percent shooting on 18 of 70, including 1 of 22 from the 3-point line and 12 for 18 at the charity stripe.
WSC held a 48-45 edge in rebounding over the Golden Bears thanks to a career-high 14 rebounds from Andrea Larson.
Busse had four of Wayne State’s 11 assists and three of the teams’ six steals.
The Wildcats will be on the road next weekend, visiting the University of Mary Friday night at 5:30 p.m. and Minot State Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. contest.