Wayne State men’s basketball tops Concordia St. Paul
Wayne State senior forward Kendall Jacks paced four Wildcat players in double figures with 21 points as the Wildcats used a late scoring surge to finish off pesky Concordia-St. Paul 77-68 in Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball Sunday afternoon at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.
With the win, WSC remains in a first place tie with Minnesota State in the NSIC South Division at 10-4 in league play and 15-4 overall while CSP falls to 8-12 and 3-11 in NSIC games. An entertaining first half saw the two teams exchange three ties and 11 lead changes. The third and final tie of the first half came at 21-21 on a Vance Janssen free throw with 7:10 to play in the half. A Kendall Jacks jumper with 1:36 to go before halftime gave the Wildcats their biggest lead of the first half at 36-29, but Concordia-St. Paul closed the half with a pair of baskets to cut the lead to 36-33 at intermission. The Golden Bears stayed close with WSC for most of the second half until late in the contest. Concordia-St. Paul’s final lead came at 49-47 on a pair of Bryndan Matthews free throws with 11:44 to play. WSC took the lead for good scoring the next seven points, highlighted by a dunk from sophomore Ben Dentlinger. CSP got as close as two at 54-52 on a Lee Higgins 3-pointer with 8:47 to play. WSC then went on a 12-4 scoring run and took their first double-digit lead at 66-56 on a pair of Nick Ferrarini free throws at the 4:56 mark. The Wildcats’ final nine points came from the foul line in the final 3:32 as WSC finished with the 77-68 win. Jacks led WSC in scoring with 21 points, going 8 of 15 from the field and a perfect 5 for 5 at the stripe. Jordan Janssen recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Trevin Joseph and Vance Janssen also hit double digits with 13 and 10 respectively. WSC connected on 25 of 58 shots for 43.1 percent, going 6 for 20 from the 3-point line and 21 for 24 (87.5%) at the charity stripe. Isaiah McKay scored a game-high 23 points for Concordia-St. Paul with Bryndan Matthews adding 15 and Cody Carlson 13 to go with 14 rebounds. CSP held a slim 37-35 advantage in rebounding despite 10 boards from Jordan Janssen and eight by Ferrarini. Vance Janssen handed out four assists and had two of the Wildcats’ four steals. Wayne State will play NSIC North Division road games next weekend in Bismarck, North Dakota Friday night vs. the University of Mary at 7:30 p.m. followed by a Saturday 5:30 p.m. contest at Minot State.