Freshman forward Jordan Janssen’s eighth double-double of the season with 18 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to lead Wayne State College in a hard fought 86-77 Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball victory Friday evening over Southwest Minnesota State at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The Wildcats remain in a first place tie in the NSIC South Division, improving to 19-7 overall and 14-7 in the NSIC, while SMSU is now 15-12 and 10-11 in league games.
Southwest Minnesota State led a majority of the first half, taking a 10-5 lead in the first 4:30. WSC then rallied with a 9-0 run for a short-lived 14-10 advantage at the 11:14 mark.
The Mustangs stormed back for a 24-19 lead and took their biggest lead of the night at 31-25 on a Taylor Schaefer jumper with 2:20 to play in the half.
Wayne State then closed the half with the final nine points and used a Trevin Joseph jumper with six seconds left in the half to take a 34-31 lead at intermission.
The Wildcats never relinquished the lead in the second half, but held off numerous charges by the Mustangs.
WSC took their biggest lead of the night at 57-47 with 12:02 to play following a Vance Janssen layup.
SMSU scored eight straight and cut the lead to two at 57-55 and later got within one at 71-70 with 5:29 remaining following a Kenny Byers layup.
The sixth and final tie of the game occurred at 72-72 with 4:25 left.
With WSC leading 76-74 with 2:02 to play, the ‘Cats used a Kendall Jacks layup, three-point play by Trevin Joseph and a pair of Jordan Janssen free throws for a little cushion, taking an 83-74 lead and ended with the 86-77 victory.
Four Wildcats hit double figures, led by Jordan Janssen’s 18 points and career-high 17 boards for his eighth double-double of the season. Jacks finished with 17 points and needs just two points to surpass Brad Joens (1,556 points from 1997-2001) for fifth place in all-time scoring at WSC.
Freshman Nick Ferrarini added 16 points with Joseph scoring 12.
Wayne State shot 54.4 percent from the field making 31 of 57 shots. The ‘Cats were 7 of 16 from the 3-point line and 17 for 24 at the charity stripe.
Ryan Bruggeman poured in a game-high 27 points for Southwest Minnesota State. Michael Lee scored 11 points with Kenny Byers and Taylor Schafer each adding 10.
SMSU was 30 of 65 shooting for 46.2 percent, including 8 of 25 behind the arc and 9 for 10 at the line.
Wayne State held a commanding 42-25 advantage in rebounding over the Mustangs thanks to Janssen’s 17 caroms. Kendall Jacks added seven.
Joseph, Nate Mohr and Vance Janssen each had three assists while Jordan Janssen had four steals.
WSC will host the University of Sioux Falls Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on Senior Day to close out the regular season.
Wayne State used 50 percent shooting in the second half and outscored Southwest Minnesota State 44-34 in the second half to rally for a 72-67 Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball victory over the Mustangs Friday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The win snapped a six-game losing skid for the Wildcats and marked the 20th consecutive win over the Mustangs dating back to 2009. WSC is now 14-13 on the season and 9-12 in the NSIC while SMSU drops to 12-14 and 9-12 in league play.
The game was tightly contested, featuring 14 lead changes and seven ties, and marked just the second time this season (2-10) that WSC rallied from a halftime deficit to pick up a victory.
The first quarter featured seven lead changes and three ties with the visiting Mustangs holding a 16-15 lead.
With the exception of two early one point leads in the second stanza, SMSU controlled the second quarter and used a 12-3 run early in the quarter to take their biggest lead of the game at 28-20 at the 6:06 mark.
WSC scored seven of the next eight points to cut the deficit to two at 29-27, but SMSU closed the half with a 33-28 lead on the Wildcats.
A 3-pointer to open the third quarter by SMSU gave the Mustangs another eight-point lead at 36-28, but Wayne State used an 11-2 run over the next 3:35 to take a 39-38 lead on a Kylie Hammer layup with 5:51 to play in the third quarter.
After SMSU pushed the lead back to six at 48-42, the ‘Cats closed the third quarter with a surge and tied the score at 51-51 entering the fourth quarter.
With the scored tied at 56-56 with 8:30 to play, WSC used a series of consecutive 3-pointers from Brittany Bongartz, Haley Vesey and Hammer to take a 65-58 advantage.
The Wildcats took their biggest lead of the game at 67-58 with 3:09 to play, but the Mustangs made one last run at the Wildcats and got within three at 70-67 with 22 seconds to play.
Sophomore guard Halley Busse sealed the win with a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left for the 72-67 win.
Sophomore forward Erin Norling led five double digit scorers for the Wildcats with a 14-point, 10 rebound effort for her third double-double of the season. Bongartz finished with 13 points while Busse, Vesey and Hammer each contributed 11 points in the win.
Wayne State finished the game making 24 of 60 shots for 40 percent, but connected on 14 of 28 shots in the second half for 50 percent. The ‘Cats were 9 for 21 behind the arc and 15 of 20 at the charity stripe.
Caleigh Rodning paced Southwest Minnesota State with 14 points. Sadie Stelter scored 12 with Erin Baster and Abuk Akoi each scoring 11.
The Mustangs were 24 of 70 shooting for 34.3 percent, including 12 of 39 from the 3-point line. SMSU was 7-10 at the foul line.
SMSU held a 44-41 edge in rebounding on WSC with Norling grabbing 10 boards for the ‘Cats followed by Vesey and Bongartz with eight apiece.
Maggie Lowe, Busse and Hammer were each credited with four assists while Lowe had three steals. Norling accounted for three of Wayne State’s five blocks.
The Wildcats host Sioux Falls Saturday at 3:30 p.m. for Senior Day in the regular season finale at Rice Auditorium.