Minnesota State made 14 3-pointers and shot 56 percent behind the arc to offset a career-high scoring effort from Wildcat junior Jordan Janssen that included his 1,000th-career point as the visiting Mavericks edged Wayne State 80-77 Saturday afternoon in Northern Sun Conference South Division men’s basketball played at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. WSC is now 3-3 on the season and 3-1 in the NSIC South while Minnesota State is 4-2 and 3-1 in the division.
The Wildcats held the lead early, but the advantage went away quickly as the hot shooting Mavericks drained eight of their opening 10 3-point shots and finished the opening half going 9 of 13 behind the arc.
With the score tied at 13-13, WSC went on an 11-2 run and took their biggest lead of the game at 24-15 on a Jordan Janssen basket. Ironically, that basket gave Jordan his 1,000th point of his Wildcat career and made the Lincoln East graduate the 36th player in school history to reach the scoring plateau.
Wayne State still held a 29-23 lead at the 6:33 mark when Minnesota State exploded for a 16-4 scoring run in just 3:17 and took a 39-33 lead before closing the first half with a 44-36 lead.
Minnesota State increased their lead in the second half to double digits and took their biggest advantage at 63-47 on a Devonte Thedford 3-pointer with 12:38 to play.
WSC still trailed by 11 (69-58) with 7:17 to play before making a comeback.
The Wildcats went on an 11-2 run over the next 3:47 and closed within two at 71-69 on a Cody McCullough basket.
MSU scored the next five points to increase the lead to seven again, but a McCullough three-point play and a pair of Justin Eagins free throws got WSC within two again at 76-74 with 1:08 remaining.
But the visiting Mavericks made four straight free throws to go up 80-74 and a Nate Mohr 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds to play made the final score 80-77.
Janssen led Wayne State with a career-high 29 points to go with 14 rebounds for his 29th career double-double while also reaching the 1,000 point mark. He made 12 of 19 shots from the field and 5 of 7 at the foul stripe. Mohr with 14 points and Jay Saunders 10 also hit double figures for the Wildcats.
Wayne State made 29 of 60 shots for 48.3 percent, including 4 -12 behind the 3-point line. The ‘Cats were 15 for 20 at the charity stripe.
Quincy Anderson scored 26 points for Minnesota State. Malik Willingham added 16 with Brady Williams scoring 12.
MSU shot 46 percent from the field making 24 of 52 shots, but canned 14 of 25 from the 3-point line for 56 percent. The Mavericks made 18 of 23 at the foul line.
WSC won the rebounding battle 35-29 thanks to 14 boards by Janssen.
Janssen and Eagins had three assists for WSC while Janssen and Ben Dentlinger each had two blocks.
The Wildcats will be at home again next weekend hosting Upper Iowa in NSIC South Division games Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium.