Wayne State forced a season-high 21 turnovers and held Mary to a season-low 48 points as the Wildcats pulled away in the second half for a 67-48 Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball victory over the University of Mary at the McDowell Activity Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. WSC is now 16-5 overall and 11-4 in league play while the host Marauders fall to 9-12 and 6-9 in NSIC games.
The first half was a back and forth battle with neither team holding a lead of more than four points.
Mary’s biggest lead was four at 16-12 with 10:58 to play in the first half. WSC went on a 10-2 run and took a 22-18 lead following a Trevin Joseph layup with 7:13 to go before halftime.
The final lead for the Marauders came at 25-23 with 4:41 left before halftime, then WSC scored the final six points of the first half to take a 29-25 lead at the break.
Mary got as close as two in the first minute of the second half at 32-30.
The Wildcats took control of the game midway through the second half, holding Mary without a basket for 8:42 while going on a 16-0 run.
With WSC leading 42-36, the ‘Cats scored 16 straight points over a span of 6:51 to take a 58-36 lead and the Wildcats cruised the rest of the way for the 67-48 win.
Senior guard Trevin Joseph led WSC in scoring with 20 points on 7 of 11 shooting, including 4 of 6 from the 3-point line. It was his eighth game this season with 20 or more points.
Freshman forward Jordan Janssen recorded his third straight double-double and seventh of the season by scoring 11 points while grabbing 12 rebounds.
Senior forward Kendall Jacks was held under double digits for the first time this season, spending most of the night in foul trouble while recording just four points on 2 of 7 shooting.
Wayne State finished the game making 23 of 55 shots for 41.8 percent, including 9 for 22 behind the arc. The Wildcats were 12 for 13 (92.3%) at the charity stripe.
Mary’s lone double figure scorer was Matt Kreklow with 10 points.
The Marauders shot 32.6 percent from the field on 15 of 46 and was 6 for 18 from the 3-point line while making 12 of 13 free throws. WSC held Mary to just 25 percent shooting (6-24) in the second half.
Mary won the rebounding battle 33-27 despite Jordan Janssen’s 12 rebounds. The Wildcats forced Mary into 21 turnovers while WSC had just 10 on the night.
Senior guard Vance Janssen was credited with four of Wayne State’s 10 assists and also had two steals.
WSC will visit Minot State Saturday at 5:30 p.m. to close out their NSIC North Division road trip.
Trailing by as many as 14 points in the second half, Wayne State College got within one point at 54-53 with 5:26 to play before falling short in a 65-60 Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball loss at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota Friday evening. The host Marauders move to 12-6 and 10-5 in NSIC play while WSC falls to 13-8 and 8-7 in league games.
The Wildcats never led in the contest. WSC got down 17-7 with 3:27 to play first quarter and trailed 24-13 after one quarter of play.
WSC trailed by double digits for most of the second quarter, but trailing 35-21 the Wildcats scored the final five points of the first half to cut the Marauder lead to 35-26 at intermission.
Mary scored the first four points of the third quarter to push the lead back to double digits and held a 44-30 lead until WSC went on a 10-0 run over the next 2:36 and got within four at 44-40 following a Maggie Lowe 3-pointer with 3:06 to play in the quarter.
The Wildcats got as close as two at 50-48 near the end of the third quarter on a Haley Vesey 3-pointer.
WSC closed within one at 54-53 following a Brittany Bongartz three-point play with 5:26 to play, but that’s as close as the Wildcats could get.
Mary pushed the lead back to eight at 64-56 with 1:27 to play and WSC cut the margin to four with 20 seconds left at 64-60 on a Halley Busse free throw before falling 65-60.
Erin Norling led Wayne State in scoring with 14 points while Bongartz added 11, all coming in the second half.
Wayne State shot just 30.3 percent from the field, making 20 of 66 shots. The ‘Cats drained just 3 of 17 (17.6%) from the 3-point line and were 17 for 27 at the charity stripe (63%).
6-2 junior forward Cassie Askvig paced Mary in scoring with 34 points to go with 20 rebounds, the lone Marauder that reached double figures.
Mary ended the game making 27 of 63 shots for 42.9 percent, including 3 of 16 from the 3-point line. The Marauders connected on 8 of 16 free throws.
The Marauders held a commanding 48-34 advantage in rebounding. Andrea Larson led WSC on the glass with six caroms.
Halley Busse was credited with four steals for WSC while Maggie Lowe had four assists. Taylor Wangerin and Bongartz each had two blocked shots.
The Wildcats will be in action again Saturday afternoon visiting Minot State for a 3:30 p.m. contest.