Senior guard Vance Janssen scored 21 points with freshman forward Nick Ferrarini adding a career-high 18 to lead Wayne State College in a 92-79 Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball win Friday evening over Winona State at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. WSC is now 12-3 and 7-2 in the NSIC South Division while Winona State falls to 5-10 and 2-7 in league play.
The first half started out as a game of runs. WSC opened with a 12-6 lead, but Winona State went on a 11-0 run over the next 4:13 to take a 17-12 lead.
The Warriors pushed the lead to six several times with the final one coming at 27-21 with 7:34 to go in the half.
WSC rallied and took the lead for good on a pair of Jordan Janssen free throws for a 31-30 lead at the 4:46 mark of the first half.
Winona State got as close as two at 36-34 with 3:00 remaining in the half, but WSC closed the half on a 13-3 run and took a 49-37 lead at intermission.
The Wildcats maintained a double digit advantage for most of the second half until the Warriors made a run late and got as close as five in the final minute.
Wayne State held 15-point leads at 64-49 and 77-62 with 6:43 to play.
The Wildcats’ last basket of the game came on a Nick Ferrarini 3-pointer with 2:36 to play, putting WSC in front 84-75.
Winona State closed within five at 84-79 with 48 seconds left, then WSC sealed the win making 8 of 8 free throws down the stretch to post the 92-79 win.
Vance Janssen paced Wayne State in scoring with 21 points on 8 of 14 shooting from the field. Kendall Jacks followed by 19 points while Ferrarini poured in a career-best 18 points on 6 of 8 shooting that included 4 of 4 behind the arc. Jordan Janssen (13) and Trevin Joseph (11) also reached double digits for the Wildcats.
Wayne State ended the game making 31 of 64 shots from the field for 48.4 percent. The ‘Cats tied a season-high in 3-point field goals, converting 11 of 22, and shot a season-best 95 percent from the free throw line on 19 of 20.
For Winona State, Kevion Taylor accounted for a game-high 23 points followed by Tommy Gathje with 15. Mason Domask and Caleb Wagner produced 12 and 10 points respectively.
Winona State shot 47.3 percent making 26 of 55 shots. The Warriors were 9 of 25 behind the arc and 18 for 24 at the charity stripe.
Wayne State had one more rebound than Winona State, 32-31. Jacks had eight rebounds for WSC with Jordan Janssen adding seven. Jordan Janssen had five of Wayne State’s 15 assists while Ferrarini was credited with three steals.
The Wildcats will be at home again Saturday evening facing Upper Iowa in a 5:30 p.m. NSIC South Division game in Rice Auditorium.
Wayne State sophomore forward Erin Norling converted an offensive rebound with 19.1 seconds remaining, then the Wildcats stopped Winona State on three shots in the final seven seconds to hang on for a 59-58 Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball victory Friday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.
It was the second game-winning shot for Norling against Winona State in as many years as Norling canned a baseline jumper as a freshman on February 17, 2018 to give the Wildcats a 60-59 win at Winona State. WSC is now 10-5 on the year and 5-4 in league play while Winona State drops to 7-6 and 5-4 in the NSIC.
The Wildcats held the lead for just 59 seconds of the first half, leading for a short time in the first two minutes along with the final basket of the half with one second to go before halftime.
Winona State built a pair of five point leads in the first quarter (9-4 and 11-6), but an Erin Norling layup with 10 seconds left in the quarter cut the Warrior advantage to 15-13 after one quarter.
The Warriors took a six point lead at 21-15 with 7:23 to play in the second stanza, but WSC used a Norling jumper and a Maggie Lowe 3-pointer to tie the score at 26-26 and the ‘Cats used a steal and layup from Norling to end the half giving WSC a 30-29 edge at intermission.
WSC took a pair of three point leads in the first minute of the third quarter, but Winona State held the lead the rest of the way until late in the fourth quarter.
Winona State used a pair of Taylor Hustad free throws with 0.4 left in the third quarter to take a 49-43 lead, matching their biggest of the contest.
The Wildcats opened the fourth quarter with nine straight points and took a 52-49 lead on a Andrea Larson 3-pointer with 7:14 to play.
Winona State then responded by scoring the next seven points and built a 56-52 advantage with 2:54 left.
A Larson trey got the ‘Cats within one at 56-55, but Winona State pushed the lead back to three at 58-55 on a Gabie Doud layup at the 2:12 mark.
Sophomore center Brittany Bongartz cut the deficit to one at 58-57 on a jumper with 1:53 to go.
Both teams then missed shots on their next two possessions, but Norling rebounded a Busse missed layup with 23 seconds to play and converted the putback from the left side of the basket with 19.4 remaining to put the Wildcats in front 59-58.
Winona State had three shots, a jumper by Gabie Doud, along with two offensive putbacks from Rachel Novotny underneath the basket that came up short as Wayne State held on for the 59-58 victory.
Larson led four Wildcats in double figures with 13 points. Bongartz and Busse each accounted for 11 points while Norling finished with 10.
Wayne State shot 25 of 58 from the field for 43.1 percent, going 7 for 24 behind the arc and just 2 of 7 at the free throw line.
Kayla Schaefer scored a game-high 18 points for Winona State. Rachel Novotny added 10 points and 14 rebounds while Gabie Doud also hit double figures with 10 points.
Winona State was 24 of 58 from the field for 41.4 percent, but hit just 3 of 16 shots in the fourth quarter (18.8%). The Warriors connected on 6 of 20 from the 3-point line and made 4 of 6 free throws.
Winona State held a slight 37-34 edge in rebounding with Norling grabbing eight for the Wildcats.
Kylie Hammer and Bongartz each handed out four assists while Norling had three steals.
WSC will be at home again Saturday hosting Upper Iowa in an NSIC contest starting at 3:30 p.m.