MSU Moorhead rallied in the second half to defeat Wayne State College 80-76 in a Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball game that saw Wildcat senior guard Vance Janssen score his 1,000th-career point in the loss at Nemzek Fieldhouse in Moorhead, Minnesota. The host Dragons recorded their NSIC leading seventh straight win, improving to 14-5 and 8-3 in the league while WSC falls to 13-4 and 8-3 in NSIC games.
The first half featured six ties and six lead changes in a close battle. The host Dragons held a six point lead at 25-19 with 7:12 to play in the half, but WSC charged back and tied the score at 29-29 on a Vance Janssen trey with 4:49 to play in the half and finished with a 38-33 lead at intermission on another Vance Janssen 3-pointer with 10 seconds left.
The Wildcats continued their strong play early in the second half, building an 11-point advantage at 44-33 following a Trevin Joseph layup with 17:53 remaining.
MSU Moorhead came roaring back and forged a 51-51 tie with 12:49 remaining. WSC pushed the lead back to five, but the Dragons responded with a 10-1 run to erase the deficit and turn it into a 63-59 lead.
Wayne State’s last lead of the contest came at 66-65 on a Trevin Joseph layup at the 6:29 mark.
Senior guard Vance Janssen hit a jumper with 1:16 to play, giving him 16 points for the game while becoming the 34th player in school history to record 1,000 points at WSC. The senior from Blair now has 1,001.
WSC got within two at 76-74 on a layup from Joseph with 18 seconds remaining, but MSU Moorhead made two free throws to seal the win for the 80-76 victory.
Senior forward Kendall Jacks had 17 points for the Wildcats while Vance Janssen and Nick Ferrarini each accounted for 16. Joseph also hit double figures with 13.
WSC shot an even 50 percent for the game making 30 of 60 shots. The ‘Cats were 6 for 20 behind the arc and 10 of 15 at the free throw stripe.
Travaun Coad scored a game-high 26 points for MSU Moorhead. Bryce Irsfeld and Addison Park each had 11.
The Dragons connected on 28 of 60 shots for 46.7 percent, including 3 of 13 behind the arc. MSUM was 21 of 24 at the free throw line.
WSC held a 36-31 advantage in rebounding with Jordan Janssen grabbing 10 boards. The Wildcats were charged with 17 turnovers compared to 13 for MSU Moorhead.
Jordan Janssen had three assists and two blocks for the Wildcats.
Wayne State will be in action again Saturday visiting Northern State in a 6 p.m. contest.
MSU Moorhead’s Megan Hintz recorded a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the NSIC leading Dragons past Wayne State College 71-57 Friday evening in a Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball game played at Nemzek Fieldhouse in Moorhead, Minnesota. MSUM is now 15-2 and 11-0 in the NSIC while WSC falls to 11-6 and 6-5 in league games.
The first half featured a trio of scoring runs with MSU Moorhead using the final run to take control of the game.
WSC opened with a 7-2 lead 1:46 into the contest. The host Dragons went on an 11-0 run to take a 13-7 lead at the 5:58 mark of the first quarter.
The Wildcats closed the quarter with an 11-2 run and took an 18-15 lead on a Brittany Bongartz 3-pointer to end the quarter.
MSU Moorhead opened the second quarter with six straight points to regain the lead at 21-18.
WSC came back and tied the score at 26-26 on an Erin Norling three-point play with 5:14 to play in the half.
But the Dragons closed the half scoring 10 of the next 12 points for a 36-28 lead at intermission.
MSU Moorhead put the game out of reach early in the third quarter, taking a 50-34 lead.
The ‘Cats got as close as nine at the end of the third quarter at 52-43, but MSU Moorhead used a 15-2 run to open the fourth quarter for a commanding 67-45 lead and finished with the 71-57 victory.
Norling was the lone Wildcat in double figures with 20 points, her second 20-point scoring game of the season. Andrea Larson added nine points with Bongartz finishing with eight.
WSC shot just 33 percent from the field making 21 of 62 shots, including 4 of 16 behind the arc. The ‘Cats were 11 for 14 at the charity stripe.
Megan Hintz paced MSU Moorhead with her 21-point, 12 rebound effort. Jacky Volkert also hit double figures with 16 followed by Madi Green with 13.
MSU Moorhead made 27 of 64 shots for 42.2 percent. The Dragons were only 3 of 19 from 3-point range and 14 of 17 at the foul line.
The Dragons held a 44-37 edge in rebounding over WSC. Bongartz grabbed nine boards for WSC with Kylie Hammer adding six.
Both teams had 12 turnovers, but MSU Moorhead held a 17-3 edge in points off turnovers. Hammer had four assists for WSC while Amelia Ivester had two blocked shots.
The Wildcats play again Saturday, visiting Northern State in a 4 p.m. contest in Aberdeen, South Dakota.