Missouri Southern’s Braelon Walker made a layup with 0.8 seconds to play giving the Lions a 79-77 victory over Wayne State College Sunday evening at the Sanford Pentagon Showcase in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. MSSU is now 2-3 on the season while WSC falls to 4-2.
The game was tightly contested throughout with neither team holding a lead of more than five points until 4:24 left in the contest. The two teams exchanged 15 ties and 10 lead changes in the contest.
Missouri Southern took its biggest lead of the first half at five (23-18) with 9:15 to play. WSC went on a 13-3 run over the next 4:20 and took their biggest lead of the first half at 31-26 following a Kendall Jacks 3-point play with 4:55 to play before halftime.
WSC still held a 36-32 lead at the 1:36 mark of the first half before the Lions tied the game at 36-36 heading into halftime.
The contest remained close until Missouri Southern used a late scoring surge to take its biggest lead of the game, 72-64 with 1:55 to play.
WSC held a 62-60 lead after a Jacks jumper with 6:48 remaining. The Lions then went on a 10-0 run over the next 3:11 to take a 70-62 lead with 3:37 to play.
Trailing by eight (72-64) with 1:55 remaining, the Wildcats rallied and knotted the score at 77-77 on a Trevin Joseph 3-pointer with 5.3 seconds to play. But Missouri Southern’s Braelon Walker drove the length of the floor and made a running layup from the left side of the basket with 0.8 seconds remaining to give Missouri Southern the 79-77 win.
Jacks led Wayne State in scoring with 23 points on 8 of 11 shooting from the field and 5 for 6 at the free throw line. Junior guard Vance Janssen contributed 16 points on 6 of 12 shooting while Trevin Joseph and Austin Esters also hit double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Wayne State made 27 of 60 shots for 45 percent, including 9 for 22 from the 3-point line. The Wildcats were 14 of 17 at the free throw line.
Kinzer Lambert paced Missouri Southern with 22 points with Elyjah Clark adding 19. Enis Memic also hit double digits with 12 points.
Missouri Southern shot 52 percent for the game on 26 of 50 that included 2 for 13 from the 3-point line. The Lions were 25 for 34 at the charity stripe.
MSSU held a 35-24 advantage in rebounding over WSC thanks to nine boards from Lambert while Jacks grabbed five caroms for the Wildcats.
WSC had just nine turnovers in the game to 12 on MSSU. Janssen and Joseph each had two assists for the Wildcats while Janssen and Matt Thomas were both credited with two steals.
Wayne State returns to Northern Sun Conference play next weekend with road trips to Minnesota State Friday at 8 p.m. and Concordia-St. Paul Saturday at 6 p.m.
Wayne State College led from start to finish, building a 22-8 first quarter lead, as the Wildcats defeated UC-Colorado Springs 74-51 Sunday afternoon in non-conference women’s college basketball played at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The host Wildcats improve to 6-3 on the year with the visiting Mountain Lions dropping to 0-5.
The Wildcats never trailed in the contest, building a 15-4 lead less than seven minutes into the contest. WSC ended the first quarter with a 22-8 lead thanks to 7 of 12 shooting (58.3%) in the opening 10 minutes.
WSC maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second quarter and finished the first half with their biggest lead of the half at 42-23 following a layup by freshman Erin Norling to end the half.
Wayne State held an 18-13 scoring advantage in the third quarter and led 60-36 entering the fourth quarter as reserves closed out the contest with the Wildcats winning 74-51.
Norling led 12 different Wildcat players who scored in the contest with a game-high 15 points, going 6 of 7 from the field and 3 for 4 at the charity stripe. Freshman reserve center Brittany Bongartz also hit double digits with 13 points thanks to 5 of 8 from the field and 3 of 5 at the free throw line.
Wayne State shot 49 percent from the field making 25 of 51 shots, but was just 2 of 13 from the 3-point line. The Wildcats were 22 for 30 at the free throw line for 73.3 percent.
Shanah Leaf was the lone player for UC-Colorado Springs in double figures with 11 points followed by Maddie Golla with nine.
The Mountain Lions made 22 of 60 shots from the field for 36.7 percent, including 2 for 13 behind the arc. UCCS was just 5 of 9 at the free throw line.
WSC won the rebounding battle over UCCS 43-27 thanks to nine caroms from Maggie Schulte and six by Andrea Larson. The Wildcats held a 40-14 edge on points in the paint and 14-6 in points off turnovers. WSC was charged with 16 turnovers to 14 on the Mountain Lions.
Freshman guard Halley Busse had six of Wayne State’s 15 assists and also led the team in steals with three.
The Wildcats return to Northern Sun Conference play next weekend with road trips to Minnesota State Friday night at 6 p.m. and Concordia-St. Paul Saturday in a 4 p.m. contest.