St. Cloud State outscored Wayne State in the second half 51-37, thanks to a 46-point outburst from Gage Davis, as the Huskies overpowered the Wildcats 91-79 Friday evening in Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball played at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. Both teams are now 17-6 overall and 12-5 in NSIC play. The Wildcats remained in first place in the NSIC South Division thanks to Minnesota State’s 77-72 road loss at Minnesota Crookston.
The Wildcats got off to a quick start, taking a 14-5 lead on St. Cloud State just over six minutes into the contest.
WSC still led 21-16 at the 9:52 mark following a Trevin Joseph jumper, but St. Cloud State used a 9-2 run and took the lead at 25-24.
Trailing 32-28 at the 4:17 mark, WSC closed the first half strong and took a 42-40 lead at intermission.
WSC opened the second half with the first points, a layup by Jordan Janssen, for a 44-40 lead. SCSU then took control of the contest with a 17-3 run, taking a 57-47 lead on a Jace Kitchen 3-pointer with 15:04 to play.
A Joseph 3-pointer for WSC got the Wildcats as close as eight at 60-52, but the Huskies and Gage Davis took over and pushed the lead to 17 at 77-60 and coasted to the 91-79 win.
Freshman forward Jordan Janssen scored a career-high 20 points for WSC on 10 of 14 shooting. Kendall Jacks finished with 18 followed by Vance Janssen (15) and Trevin Joseph (13).
Wayne State shot 52.5 percent for the game, making 32 of 61 shots. The ‘Cats were 6 for 16 from 3-point range and 9 of 11 at the charity stripe.
Gage Davis burned the nets for 46 points, sinking 18 of 25 shots from the field and a perfect 9 for 9 at the line. Jace Kitchen scored 20 and Brindley Theisen added 15 for the Huskies.
St. Cloud State shot 56.9 percent from the field making 33 of 58 shots. The Huskies were 10 of 21 behind the arc and 15 of 16 at the foul stripe.
SCSU won the rebounding battle over WSC 32-23 despite seven boards from Jordan Janssen.
Kendall Jacks handed out a career-high seven assists for WSC while Nick Ferrarini and Vance Janssen each had two steals.
WSC hosts Minnesota Duluth Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium.
St. Cloud State opened the third quarter with a 21-6 run to take control of the game as the visiting Huskies topped Wayne State College 78-67 in Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball played Friday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. It was the first win for SCSU in the last 13 meetings over WSC dating back to the 2008-09 season. WSC falls to 13-10 and 8-9 in the NSIC while SCSU improves to 13-8 and 10-7 in league games.
The visiting Huskies held the lead the entire first quarter, building a 12-6 lead before the Wildcats reduced the deficit to 18-17 at the end of the quarter on a Brittany Bongartz layup.
WSC took their first lead of the contest at 19-18 early in the second quarter on a Erin Norling basket.
The two teams traded six lead changes with Wayne State’s final lead coming at 26-25 on a Halley Busse layup with 3:46 to play in the half. SCSU then built at 34-29 lead and ended the half with a 34-32 advantage.
The Huskies took control of the game in the third quarter, opening with a 21-6 run to take their biggest lead of the game at 55-38 with 2:03 to play third quarter.
St. Cloud State maintained a double digit lead most of the fourth quarter until WSC made one final push.
With SCSU leading 69-54 at the 5:05 mark, WSC got as close as seven at 72-65 and again at 74-67 following an Andrea Larson layup before the Huskies made four free throws in the final 24 seconds for the final margin.
Sophomore center Brittany Bongartz led WSC with 21 points and 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Erin Norling also reached double digits with 17 points.
Wayne State ended the game making 25 of 62 shots for 40.3 percent, but was just 5 for 28 behind the arc. The Wildcats made 12 of 13 free throws.
For St. Cloud State, Tori Wortz had 19 points to lead five players in double digits. Mallie Doucette scored 17 points off the bench for the Huskies with Madelin Dammann adding 14.
SCSU made 29 of 74 shots for 39.2 percent and connected on 11 of 27 from the 3-point line. The Huskies made 9 of 13 at the foul line.
St. Cloud State won the rebounding battle over WSC 46-38. Bongartz led WSC with 11 caroms followed by Andrea Larson with seven.
Wayne State held a commanding 40-16 edge on points in the paint, but St. Cloud State’s bench outscored Wayne State 30-6 in the contest.
Kylie Hammer and Norling each had three assists for Wayne State while Halley Busse and Bongartz each recorded two steals.
The Wildcats will be at home again Saturday afternoon hosting Minnesota Duluth at 3:30 p.m.