Buzzer-beater halts Wildcat streak at nine

December 31, 2018

WAYNE — Matt Cartwright had a game-high 22 points on the night for Augustana University, but none bigger than the final three.

At the buzzer, Cartwright fired up a 35-foot jumper from just right of the top of the circle to give the Vikings a 72-71 win Sunday over Wayne State here in a men’s Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game at Rice Auditorium.

“I knew it was in from the second it left my hand,” Cartwright said. “I just didn’t know if there was time left on the clock.”

There was enough time, and the Sioux Falls, S.D., visitors gave the Wildcats their first loss in 10 games.

“You can say what you want,” WSC coach Jeff Kaminski said. “We had our chances to put this game away, but we didn’t.”

Even in the final minute, the Wildcats seemed poised to gather in their 11th win of the season.

Kendall Jacks hit Jordan Janssen with a perfect pass inside for WSC to make it 67-64 in favor of the Wildcats with 1:23 left in the game.

The Vikings called timeout before Dylan LeBrun canned a three to tie the game at 67 on an assist from Cartwright with 1:08 left.

Kendall Jacks scored in the paint on a great drive to make it 69-67 for WSC, but a pair of free throws evened the score again.

Vance Janssen then hit a runner in the paint with six seconds left to get the lead back to the Wildcats. and with 3.8 seconds left, the Vikings called timeout.

“I wanted to score a little later in the clock,” Kaminski said. “You never want to take points off the scoreboard, but we should have scored with less time on the clock.”

Cartwright took the ball at mid-court, took a couple of dribbles and fired up the three to end the Wildcat winning streak.

“We had our chances during the game,” Kaminski said. “If we defend and take care of the ball we can beat anyone — if we don’t, we get beat.

“Give Augustana credit, they did what they had to do and we didn’t. But I believe we can beat anyone in this conference if we defend with tenacity and take care of the basketball.”

The Wildcats would go up by 11 in the opening half after a three-pointer from Luke TerHark with 8:52 to go in the first 20 minutes.

The lead would go back to five later in the half before a conventional three-point-play by Jacks made it 29-18 with 4:56 left.

“We played some good defense in the first half,” Kaminski said. “We’re still at the top of the conference, but we really need to just worry about what we do - not the other team.”

Wayne State led by nine at the half and never trailed until the Vikings went up 42-39 with just over 15 minutes left in the game.

The Wildcat lead went back to six with 6:30 left on a Jacks layup before Augustana came back to set up Cartwright’s heroics.

Earlier SUNDAY, the Vikings jumped out to an early lead and were never really threatened as they turned back the Wildcat women, 88-74 to improve to 14-1 on the season and a perfect 6-0 in the conference.

Augustana would go up by 20 in the contest and the Wildcats would battle back to within 10 before the Vikings put an end to the resiliency with the 14-point win.

Men’s game

Augustana 26 46 — 72

Wayne State 35 36 — 71

AUGUSTANA UNIVERSITY (9-3, 5-1): Dylan LeBrun 6 0-0 14; A.J. Plitzuweit 3 3-3 10; Matt Cartwright 8 4-4 22; Michael Schaefer 2 0-0 4; Trevor Hanson 3 0-0 6; Jameson Bryan 5 2-3 13; Eric Tiedman 1 0-0 2; Bodey Behrends 0 1-7 1.

WAYNE STATE COLLEGE (10-2, 5-1): Kendall Jacks 5 3-3 13; Trevin Joseph 7 3-3 21; Nick Ferrarini 0 2-2 2; Vance Janssen 5 0-0 10; Jordan Janssen 4 2-2 10; Al’Tavius Jackson 3 0-0 7; Ben Dentlinger 0 0-2 0; Luke TerHark 2 0-0 6; Tony Bonner 0 2-2 2.

Women’s game

Augustana 25 27 17 19 — 88

Wayne State 15 28 15 16 — 74

AUGUSTANA UNIVERSITY (14-1, 6-0): Abby Hora 4 0-0 11; Lynsey Prosser 5 0-0 11; Janelle Schiffler 6 2-2 14; Hana Metoxen 2 0-0 5; Shelby Selland 6 6-7 20; McKenzie Zilverberg 1 0-0 2; Vishe Rabb 6 4-6 17; Izzy VanVeldhuizen 0 4-4 4; Camryn Hay 2 0-0 4.

WAYNE STATE COLLEGE (8-4, 3-3) Maggie Lowe 2 1-2 6; Erin Norling 1 0-2 2; Halley Busse 5 1-2 14; Andrea Larson 4 4-6 16; Brittany Bongartz 4 3-6 11; Haley Vesey 3 0-0 7; Kylie Hammer 6 0-0 14; Amelia Ivester 0 4-4 4.

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