College basketball: Winona State men dominate second half of win over Bemidji State,
Winona State dominated the second half after trailing at halftime as they pulled away from Bemidji State 87-59 in NSIC men’s basketball action on Saturday in Bemidji.
The Warriors (7-11, 4-8) scored 51 points in the second half while holding the Beavers (5-11, 2-10) to just 21 points.
WSU’s defense stepped up after the break, allowing Bemidji to make just 38 percent of its baskets, after making 56 percent in the first half. Meanwhile the Warriors offense got hot, going 8-for-14 from behind the arc after the break
The Warriors made 13 3-pointers in the game as Kevion Taylor was 4-for-5, Tommy Gathje was 2-for-3 and Dalante Peyton was 2-for-5. It was the sort of shooting performance they have been looking for all season after leading the conference in 3-point makes last year.
Taylor led the Warriors with 32 points, while Peyton scored 18, and Caleb Wagner scored 10.
On top of scoring outside, the Warriors put point on the board in the paint, scoring 38 points inside to just 16 for BSU.
WSU out-rebounded BSU 31-27, with Taylor leading the way with eight boards. Wagner grabbed seven and Devin Whitelow had five. Whitelow also had six assists.
The WSU women’s basketball team couldn’t manage a repeat performance of their incredible come-from-behind victory on Friday as they fell to Bemidji State 61-57 on Saturday in Bemidji.
After scoring 34 points in the final quarter of their 76-64 victory over Minnesota Crookston Friday, the Warriors (8-8, 6-6) couldn’t overcome a 38-30 halftime deficit Saturday against the Beavers.
Rachel Novotny missed a double-double by one point, grabbing 10 rebounds and scoring nine points.
Gabie Doud led with 15 points, while Kayla Schaefer scored 11.
The Warriors shot just 36.8 percent from the field, while BSU (2-10, 4-12) shot exactly 10 points higher.