Sophomores Jordan Janssen and Nick Ferrarini each scored 20 points as Wayne State College defeated Central Missouri Friday evening 73-63 in a non-conference men’s basketball game at Rice Auditorium that was Wildcat head coach Jeff Kaminsky’s 500th career win. WSC is now 3-5 on the year while Central Missouri drops to 1-4.
Wayne State trailed a good share of the first half but the game was close as the visiting Mules held a pair of six point leads.
The Wildcats had a short-lived advantage at 28-27 following a Nate Mohr 3-pointer at the 4:32 mark, but Central Missouri finished the first half with a 34-31 lead.
Central Missouri opened the second half with a 3-pointer for a 37-31 lead, but WSC went on a 13-0 run over the next 4:54 to take a 44-37 lead.
The Mules came back and knotted the score at 54-54 with 7:25 remaining. WSC then scored 11 of the next 12 points and took a 65-55 lead on a Ben Dentlinger basket with 2:54 to play.
Wayne State took their biggest lead at 71-57 on a Nick Ferrarini 3-pointer and closed with a 73-63 win.
Janssen accounted for 20 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the year while Ferrarini also reached 20 points to pace Wayne State.
The Wildcats made 26 of 59 shots from the field for 44.1 percent, going 6-22 behind the arc and 15-23 at the free throw line.
DeAndre Sorrells led Central Missouri with 16 points while Joshua Greer also hit double digits with 10.
UCM shot 27-57 from the floor for 47.4 percent that included 6 for 17 from the 3-point line. The Mules were just 3-5 at the free throw line.
Wayne State held a 37-31 edge in rebounding over the Mules with 16 offensive rebounds. Janssen hauled in 11 boards for WSC with Dentlinger adding six boards.
Sophomore point guard Nate Mohr had five steals and four assists for the Wildcats.
Wayne State will close out its non-conference schedule Tuesday evening with a game at Nebraska-Kearney at 7 p.m.