Eagins’ big second half propels Wayne State Men to win at Mary

Eagins’ big second half propels Wayne State Men to win at Mary
January 14th, 2022 | wscwildcats.com

Wayne State’s men’s basketball team used a big second half from redshirt freshman guard Justin Eagins to secure the ‘Cats first win of the season away from Rice Auditorium. Wayne State won the game over the University of Mary with a final of 76-69. The Wildcats improve to 9-6 overall and remain 4-4 in the NSIC South while the Marauders fall to 5-10 overall and remain 3-4 in the NSIC North.

Wayne State started the first half slow, allowing the University of Mary to jump out to a 9-2 lead just five minutes into the contest. With 8:36 to go before halftime, senior forward Jordan Janssen scored his first points of the ball game, cutting the Marauder lead to just four at 21-17.

Three and a half minutes before the end of the first half saw WSC cut the lead to just three, at 25-28 on a Jay Saunders layup. WSC ended the first half trailing 37-32.

Freshman forward Cody McCullough led the ‘Cats with 13 points and four rebounds in the first half.

The Wildcats opened the second half on a 6-0 run and took their first lead of the game less than 90 seconds into the second half 38-37 with 18:36 to go in the ball game.

The Wildcats pushed the lead to nine going into the first media timeout of the second half, leading 54-45, outscoring the Marauders 22-8 to open the second half.

Heading into the second media timeout, WSC pushed its lead to 10. Redshirt freshman guard Justin Eagins scored 16 points during the first 10 minutes of play after intermission.

With under four minutes to play, the ‘Cats led by seven 69-62 heading into a timeout.

Wayne State finished the game up 76-69, taking the win on the road. Eagins scored 20 points in the second half on 7-9 shooting and 4-6 from downtown.

The ‘Cats outshoot the Marauders, going 30-55 (54.5 percent) from the field, compared to 26-60 (43.3 percent) for the Marauders. WSC made 7-15 3-pointers (46.7 percent) and made 9-12 attempts at the charity stripe. The Marauders made 5-20 from downtown and 12-16 from the free-throw line.

WSC grabbed four more rebounds (33-29) and had three more assists (17-4) in the contest. Each team had two steals in the game. Wayne State led 38-26 in points in the paint and had six more points off the bench, 27-21.

Leading the Wildcats offensively was Eagins with 22 points while McCullough had a career high 17 points. Janssen extends his streak of double digit scoring to 32 consecutive game with 12 points in the game.

McCullough led WSC in rebounds with eight and Janssen added six boards. Alec Millender had nine assists to go with six points and five rebounds.

Wayne State’s scheduled Saturday game at Minot State has been canceled due to COVID protocols within the Minot State program. The next scheduled contest for the Wildcats is Friday, January 21 when St. Cloud State visits Rice Auditorium to take on the Wildcats at 7:30 p.m.

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