Wayne State used an alley-oop inbounds pass and basket from Vance Janssen to Ben Dentlinger with 0.4 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime, then Janssen sinks two free throws with 2.5 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Wildcats a thrilling 82-80 overtime win at Winona State Saturday evening in Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball at McCown Gymnasium in Winona, Minnesota.
It was the seventh straight win for WSC, now 8-1 and 3-0 in the NSIC, while the host Warriors slip to 4-4 and 1-2 in league play. The win also capped Wayne State’s first-ever road sweep of Winona State and Upper Iowa in NSIC play.
The game was a battle throughout, featuring 12 ties and 12 lead changes.
Winona State held a 16-14 lead just shy of the midway point of the first half, but WSC used a 10-0 run to take their biggest lead of the game at 24-16 following a Vance Janssen jumper at the 7:20 mark.
A Nick Ferrarini 3-point play put the Wildcats ahead 27-20 with 4:50 to play, but Winona State produced 13 consecutive points over the next 3:17 to take a 33-27 lead.
WSC closed the half with six points in a row to tie the score at 33-33 heading into halftime.
After Winona State opened the second half with the first basket, WSC then held the lead for the next 10 minutes until the host Warriors got red-hot from the 3-point line to take control of the game.
Wayne State held a 52-47 lead following a Ben Dentlinger layup with 12:04 to play, but the Warriors canned four straight 3-pointers to highlight a scoring surge that gave Winona State a 68-60 lead with 6:13 remaining.
The Wildcats responded with an 11-0 run and took a 71-68 lead on a Vance Janssen jumper with 1:07 to play.
After two baskets by Winona State, Vance Janssen came up big again for WSC with a runner from the left of the lane giving the ‘Cats a 73-72 lead with 7.5 seconds to play.
On the ensuing inbounds pass, Winona State’s Devin Whitelow went coast-to-coast and made a layup and was fouled with 1.7 remaining, making the free throw for a Warrior lead of 75-73.
WSC attempted an inbounds pass that was knocked out of bounds in Wayne State’s front court with 0.4 seconds to play following a video review. The ‘Cats then set up a play where Vance Janssen lobbed a pass from in front of the Wildcat bench back door to Ben Dentlinger, who tipped the ball off the glass as the horn sounded to send the game into overtime tied at 75-75.
Winona State’s Kevion Taylor opened the overtime with a trey giving the Warriors their only lead of the extra session at 78-75. A Nick Ferrarini 3-pointer knotted the score followed by a Trevin Joseph layup that put WSC in front 80-78.
Taylor answered on the next possession with a jumper for Winona State to tie the score at 80-870 with 1:34 to play. Both teams missed shots on the following possessions and WSC had the ball with under 10 seconds to play and Janssen drove towards the basket and was fouled with 2.5 seconds left. He calmly stepped to the line and made both for an 82-80 lead. A Winona State inbounds pass was tipped at center court and time ran out as WSC escaped with the win.
Vance Janssen paced Wayne State in scoring with a career-high 25 points, going 11 of 18 from the field. Kendall Jacks added 15 points, Joseph scored 14 with Jordan Janssen and Ferrarini also hitting double figures with 11 and 10.
WSC shot over 50 percent for the sixth time in nine games, making 36 of 71 shots for 50.7 percent. The ‘Cats were just 2 of 13 behind the arc and 8 for 9 at the foul stripe.
Winona State’s top scorer was Kevion Taylor with 24 points. Devin Whitelow added 16.
The Warriors made 29 of 60 shots for 48.3 percent, including 9 for 17 from the 3-point line and 13 of 19 at the free throw stripe.
WSC held a slight 36-34 edge in rebounding with Vance Janssen grabbing six for the ‘Cats. Joseph had three assists for the ‘Cats while Dentlinger finished with three of Wayne State’s seven blocks.
The Wildcats will be at home next weekend in the friendly confines of Rice Auditorium, hosting Bemidji State Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Minnesota Crookston Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
Wayne State could not come back from a 29-10 second quarter deficit as Winona State held off a Wildcat rally in the second half for a 61-56 Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball victory at McCown Gymnasium in Winona, Minnesota Saturday afternoon. Winona State is now 4-3 and 2-1 in the NSIC while WSC drops to 5-3 and 1-2 in league play.
The only lead of the game for the Wildcats came on the first points of the contest, a Brittany Bongartz layup 14 seconds into the contest.
WSC then went cold from the floor the rest of the quarter, making just 2 of 16 shots as the Warriors built a 15-8 lead after the opening 10 minutes of play.
The host Warriors scored the first six points of the second quarter and took a 21-8 lead and later led 29-10 at the 4:47 mark. But WSC closed the half strong with a 12-0 run to cut the deficit to 29-22 at intermission.
After trailing by 8-10 points most of the third quarter, the Wildcats rallied late making 5 of 7 shots to end the quarter and got as close as three at 46-43 on a Andrea Larson 3-pointer with 30 seconds to play third quarter.
Winona State pushed the lead back to seven several times in the fourth quarter with WSC getting within four at 50-46 on a Larson trey and again at 52-48 with 5:01 to play on a Kylie Hammer layup.
The Warriors answered again and led by seven as late as 44 seconds left in the game at 58-51.
WSC made the game interesting as Erin Norling had an offensive rebounds and putback followed by another from Hammer that culminated with a three-point play with 16 seconds left to get WSC as close as three at 59-56.
But the Wildcats had to foul and Winona State sealed the win with two free throws for a 61-56 victory.
WSC matched their season low in field goal percentage, making 20 of 61 shots for 32.8 percent. The ‘Cats were 5 of 26 (19.2%) from the 3-point line and just 11 for 19 (57.9%) at the charity stripe.
Hammer led Wayne State in scoring with 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting. She also tied a team-high with seven rebounds. Erin Norling (12) and Brittany Bongartz (11) also reached double digits for the Wildcats.
Winona State made 23 of 57 shots for 40.4 percent and was 3 for 19 behind the arc along with 12 of 15 at the free throw line.
Rachel Novotny led Winona State with 21 points on 9 of 10 shooting to go with 11 rebounds. Allie Pickrain also hit double figures with 10 points.
WSC held a 43-35 edge in rebounding thanks to 18 offensive boards. Hammer and Haley Vesey each grabbed seven boards for the Wildcats. Maggie Lowe had four assists for WSC while Larson and Vesey each had two steals.
Wayne State will be at home next weekend, hosting Bemidji State Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. and Minnesota Crookston Sunday afternoon in a 12:30 p.m. contest in Rice Auditorium.