Freshman Nate Mohr came off the bench to score a career-high 21 points to lead Wayne State College in a 94-74 Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball win Friday evening over Concordia-St. Paul at the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. With the win, WSC takes over sole possession of first place in the NSIC South Division at 13-6 in the league and 18-7 overall with CSP falling to 8-17 and 3-16 in the NSIC. The 18th win for Wayne State also marks the most wins for a Wildcat men’s basketball team since the 1999-2000 season when WSC was 26-6 in Greg McDermott’s final season in Wayne.
Wayne State never trailed in the contest, but after scoring the first 10 points of the game and built a 15-point lead in both halves the Wildcats had to stave off the Golden Bears who were within two with nine minutes left before WSC closed the game strong for the 20-point win.
The Wildcats scored the first 10 points of the game and led 34-19 at the 9:02 mark of the first half despite point guard Vance Janssen picking up two early fouls.
The host Golden Bears got within one at 40-39 with 1:47 to play in the half before WSC used a Jordan Janssen layup to close the first half for a 42-39 halftime lead.
Concordia-St. Paul kept the game close early in the second half and got as close as one at 58-57 with 10:23 to play.
With WSC holding a two point lead at 63-61 with 9:05 remaining, the Wildcats put the game out of reach with a 14-0 run over the next four minutes to take a 77-61 lead and WSC maintained the double digit advantage for the 94-74 victory.
Freshman reserve guard Nate Mohr paced Wayne State in scoring with a season-high 21 points, more than doubling his point total of 17 points entering the contest. He was 7 of 10 from the field and 4 for 6 behind the arc. Freshman Nick Ferrarini added 17 points with freshman forward Jordan Janssen scoring 16. Seniors Trevin Joseph and Kendall Jacks also hit double figures with 16 and 10 respectively.
Wayne State made 37 of 66 shots in the game for 56.1 percent. The ‘Cats were 19 of 30 in the second half for 63.3 percent. WSC was 7 of 20 from the 3-point line and 13 for 16 at the charity stripe.
Bryndan Matthews poured in 18 points for Concordia-St. Paul followed by Isaiah McKay with 16. Lee Higgins added 13 for the Golden Bears, who made 25 of 56 shots for 44.6 percent. CSP was 7 for 22 behind the arc and 17 for 22 at the free throw line.
Wayne State held a 34-28 edge in rebounding thanks to nine boards from Jordan Janssen.
Vance Janssen handed out four assists while Jordan Janssen had three of Wayne State’s eight blocks.
Wayne State visits Minnesota State Saturday at 5:30 p.m. with first place on the line in the NSIC South Division.
After starting the game 0 of 10 from the 3-point line, Concordia-St. Paul made 11 of their next 14 shots behind the arc to pull away for a 84-58 Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball victory over Wayne State College Friday evening at the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The win for CSP avenged a 71-49 loss to the Wildcats in Wayne three weeks ago and handed WSC its fifth straight loss. Wayne State is now 13-12 overall and 8-11 in league play while host Concordia-St. Paul is now 18-6 and 14-5 in NSIC games.
The game was close for most of the first half until the host Golden Bears used a 10-2 run to end the second quarter followed by a 12-2 run to open the third quarter to separate themselves from the Wildcats.
Trailing 10-9 at the 2:45 mark of the first quarter, Wayne State’s Erin Norling hit two free throws followed by a Kylie Hammer 3-pointer to put WSC in front 14-10 before the Wildcats ended the quarter with a 16-14 lead.
WSC took their biggest lead of the game at 25-20 on a Norling layup with 5:27 to play second quarter.
The final lead for the Wildcats came at 29-27 on a jumper from Amelia Ivester with 3:00 left in the half, but Concordia-St. Paul took the lead for good with a 10-2 run to end the half for a 34-29 Golden Bear lead at intermission.
A 12-2 run by the host Golden Bears gave Concordia-St. Paul a 46-31 lead.
Consecutive 3-pointers from Haley Vesey and Norling along with two free throws from Hammer pulled WSC within seven at 46-39 with 3:46 to play in the third quarter, but Concordia-St. Paul regained momentum with an 11-4 run to take a 57-43 lead after three quarters.
The host Golden Bears did not allow WSC a chance to come back in the fourth quarter, making 9 of 15 shots to extend their lead and finish with the 84-58 win.
Sophomore forward Erin Norling poured in 16 points to lead Wayne State on 6 of 12 shooting from the field. Freshman reserve guard Kylie Hammer added 13 points for the Wildcats. WSC played the game without second-leading scorer sophomore center Brittany Bongartz, who missed the game due to injury.
Wayne State made 21 of 55 field goals for 38.2 percent, including 7 for 20 behind the arc. The Wildcats were just 9 of 17 at the charity stripe.
Anna Schmitt led Concordia-St. Paul with a game-high 23 points followed by Lexi Lee with 17 and Meghan DuBois 10.
Concordia-St. Paul was 33 of 68 from the field for 48.5 percent. After missing their first 10 3-point attempts, the Golden Bears made 11 of their final 16 treys and finished the game 11 for 26. CSP was 7 for 13 at the foul line.
The Golden Bears held a 41-34 advantage in rebounding over WSC. Norling, Hammer and Andrea Larson each grabbed six boards for the Wildcats.
WSC had 24 turnovers in the contest, resulting in a 27-6 edge for Concordia-St. Paul in points off turnovers.
Hammer handed out four of Wayne State’s 14 assists while Taylor Wangerin had three steals.
Wayne State will play at Minnesota State Saturday at 3:30 p.m.