Wayne State rode a game-high 28 points from senior guard Trevin Joseph and a season-high 61.1 percent from the field (33-54) as the Wildcats pulled away in the second half for an 84-62 victory over the University of Mary Wednesday evening in the opening round of the 2019 NSIC/Sanford Health Men’s Basketball Tournament at Rice Auditorium. With the win, the 20-9 Wildcats record their first 20-win season since the 1999-2000 campaign when WSC was 26-6 in Greg McDermott’s final year on the Wildcat sideline while Mary ends the year at 12-17.
The visiting Marauders were the team that was hot shooting the ball to start the game, making their first eight shots to take an 18-14 lead on the Wildcats with 13:34 to play in the first half.
WSC scored the next six points, a jumper from Kendall Jacks and two layups from Al’Tavius Jackson, to grab a 20-18 lead.
Mary did not go away as the Marauders were still within two at 32-30 with 3:20 to play in the half following a pair of Dennis Austin III free throws.
The Wildcats went on a 9-2 run and took their biggest lead of the half at 41-32 on a 3-pointer from Trevin Josephbefore closing the half with a 43-35 lead.
After the Marauders opened the second half with a basket to close within six (43-37), WSC used a Jacks 3-pointer and a layup by Joseph to take a 48-37 lead and force a Mary timeout.
WSC then started to take control of the game. The Wildcats used a 14-4 run to extend a 50-41 lead to 64-45 following a dunk by Jordan Janssen at the 11:24 mark.
The Wildcats then pushed the lead over the 20-point mark and WSC ended with the 84-62 win.
Wayne State shot a season-high 61.1 percent from the field, making 33 of 54 shots including 8 of 16 behind the arc. WSC was 10 for 15 at the charity stripe.
Trevin Joseph poured in a game-high 28 points on 10 of 17 shooting (4-7 from 3-point range) to lead Wayne State in scoring.
Senior Kendall Jacks added 15 points and moved from fifth to third place in all-time scoring at WSC with 1,590 points, moving past Dennis Siefkes (1,576 from 1969-73) and Amry Shelby (1,582 from 2009-13).Jordan Janssen also reached double digits for WSC with 13 points.
Matthew Kreklow led Mary with 18 points while Jaylan White (11) and Dennis Austin III (10) also hit double figures for the Marauders.
Mary was 20 of 53 from the field for 37.7 percent and 3 for 18 behind the arc while making 19 of 24 at the line.
WSC held a 32-29 edge in rebounding over the Marauders with Jordan Janssen grabbing eight to lead the ‘Cats.
Jordan Janssen, Vance Janssen and Nick Ferrarini each had four assists while sophomore Ben Dentlinger matched a career-high with five blocked shots to impress the Wildcat student body and fans in attendance.
The Wildcats now advance to the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament quarterfinals on Sunday evening at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls facing St. Cloud State in an 8 p.m. contest.
Sophomore point guard Halley Busse drained a step-back 3-pointer from just over 25 feet with 1.8 seconds remaining to give South Division #6 seed Wayne State College a come-from-behind 54-52 win at the University of Mary (#3 seed North Division) Wednesday evening in the NSIC/Sanford Health Women’s Basketball Tournament first round game played at the McDowell Activity Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. The Wildcats improve to 15-14 on the year and advance to the NSIC Sanford Health Tournament quarterfinals Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. against Sioux Falls while the host Marauders end the year at 17-9.
The Wildcats trailed throughout the contest thanks to a 1-11 start shooting in the first quarter as WSC found themselves trailing 14-4 after 10 minutes of play.
WSC started to hit some shots in the second quarter while cutting into the Marauder lead.
The ‘Cats made 7 of 15 in the second stanza and after trailing 19-4 at the 9:00 mark. WSC used a pair of 7-0 runs in the second quarter to cut into Mary’s lead.
The first 7-0 run cut Mary’s lead from 19-4 to 19-11 and the second 7-0 run got WSC within 21-18 following a Brittany Bongartz 3-pointer with 4:31 left in the half. WSC ended the half trailing by two 26-24 on a jumper by senior Maggie Lowe.
WSC opened the third quarter with a Bongartz layup and a Andrea Larson free throw to take their first lead of the night at 27-26.
That lead was short-lived as the Marauders went on a 12-2 run over the 4:22 to take a nine-point lead at 38-29.
Wayne State then held Mary scoreless for the final 4:55 of the third quarter to get within three at 38-35 following an Erin Norling layup entering the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter saw neither team hold a lead of more than three points while trading seven lead changes and four ties.
Mary was in front 48-46 with 3:29 remaining. Baskets by Bongartz and Norling gave the Wildcats a 50-48 lead with 2:11 to play.
The Marauders responded with two baskets to regain the lead at 52-50 with 30 seconds left.
Norling hit one of two free throws with 15 second to play, cutting the deficit to 52-51.
WSC forced a turnover on Mary with 10 seconds left and off an inbounds pass, Busse took the ball and launched a step-back 3-pointer from well behind the top of the circle and hit the trifecta with 1.8 seconds remaining giving the Wildcats a dramatic 54-52 win.
Wayne State held the lead for just 2:11 of the game compared to 33:27 for Mary.
Bongartz paced Wayne State with 19 points and 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Norling ended with 17 points and Busse finished with 10.
WSC shot just 36.5 percent from the field on 19 of 52 shooting. The “Cats were 4 of 17 from the 3-point line and 12 for 16 (75 percent) at the charity stripe.
Gabbie Bohl led Mary with 13 points followed by Macy Williams (12) and Tonya Dvorak (11).
Mary was 18 of 54 from the field for 33.3 percent, going 5 for 17 behind the arc and 11 of 12 at the foul line.
WSC held a slim 37-33 edge in rebounding thanks to 11 boards by Bongartz. Norling had three assists to lead WSC and three steals while Bongartz registered five blocked shots in the win.
The Wildcats now face the University of Sioux Falls on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the 2019 NSIC/Sanford Health Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.