Augustana sinks 3-pointer at buzzer to hand WSC men’s basketball loss
After Wayne State’s Vance Janssen sank a layup with 3.8 seconds remaining to put the Wildcats ahead 71-69, Augustana’s Matt Cartwright sank an approximate 30-footer from the right wing as time expired to give the Vikings a 72-71 win over the Wildcats in a Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball game that featured the two hottest teams in the league.
WSC saw a nine-game win streak snapped with the setback, falling to 10-2 and 5-1 in the NSIC South Division, while the Vikings have now won six straight games and are 9-3 and also 5-1 in league play.
The Wildcats opened the scoring with six points off the hands of Trevin Joseph. It would be a lead they would not relinquish in the first half, extending their lead to as much as 11 at 23-12 following a Luke TerHark 3-pointer at the 10:07 mark of the first half.
Augustana got within five at 23-18, but the Wildcats pushed the advantage back to 11 on a Kendall Jacks three point play at the 4:56 mark for a 29-18 lead. The Vikings got as close as five again at 31-26, but WSC ended the first half with a 35-25 lead at intermission.
Wayne State shot 48.0% (12-25) from the field in the half, including 5-11 (45.5%) behind the arc. Joseph led the Wildcats in scoring with 13 points, including four assists. Eight Wildcats entered the scorebook in the first half in the balanced attack.
Augustana came out of the gates in the second half on fire, eventually taking their first lead of the game with 15:09 remaining in the half on a Dylan LeBrun 3-pointer at 42-39.
Wayne State retook the lead only 30 seconds later from a Jordan Janssen fast break layup. The ’Cats increased their lead to six several times with the last coming at 61-55 on a Jacks lay in with 6:30 to play.
But Augustana stormed back and held a pair of one point leads late, including 64-63 following a pair of Jameson Bryan free throws with 2:35 to play.
WSC used a pair of Trevin Joseph free throws and a Jordan Janssen layin for a 67-64 lead.
Tied 69-69 with 31 seconds remaining, the Wildcats held for what was thought to be the last shot. Vance Janssen drove into the lane, floating the ball over a host of Augustana defenders and into the net to give the Wildcats a two-point lead at 71-69 with 3.8 seconds remaining.
But the Vikings responded with the 3.8 seconds they had remaining as a Matt Cartwright last-ditch trey that sunk into the net as time expired, giving the Wildcats their second loss of the year, ending their nine-game win streak that was the longest in program history since the 1999-2000 season.
Joseph led Wayne State with 21 points on 7 of 12 shooting. Jacks also hit double digits with 13 followed by Jordan and Vance Janssen with 10 points apiece.
WSC shot 44.8 percent for the game, making 26 of 58 shots. The “Cats were 7 for 22 behind the arc and 12 of 14 at the free throw line.
Cartwright paced Augustana with 22 points, including his heroic 3-pointer at the end of the game. Dylan LeBrun scored 14 points with Jameson Bryan adding 13 and A.J. Plitzuweit 10.
Augustana was 28 of 57 from the field for 49.1 percent, including 6 for 15 behind the arc. The Vikings were 10 for 17 at the charity stripe.
The Vikings won the rebounding battle over WSC 36-31. Ben Dentlinger had seven caroms for the Wildcats followed by Jordan Janssen with six.
Joseph had a team-high five assists while Dentlinger recorded three blocked shots.