WSC men lose in final seconds again, Wildcat women fall
It was another heart-breaking result for the Wayne State men Friday night, while the Wildcat women also came up short as both teams fell to ranked opponents from Northern State on the road.
For the second straight game, the Wildcat men suffered a heartbreaking loss in the final seconds at Northern State’s Andrew Kallman drained a 3-pointer from the right corner with 2.2 seconds left to help the ninth-ranked Wolves escape with a 71-69 win at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen, S.D..
The Wildcats (10-9, 5-6 NSIC) held their own for a majority of the night against their ranked foes. After the host Wolves took an 11-2 lead in the first 3:33, Wayne State responded with an 11-2 run and knotted the score at 13-13 following an Austin Esters 3-pointer with 13:01 to play in the half.
Northern State pushed the lead back to five and was in front 27-20 at the 5:29 mark when the Wildcats scored the next seven points to tie the score at 27-27 on a Kendall Jacks basket with 3:31 remaining. The host Wolves then closed the half with the final six points to take a 33-27 lead at intermission.
Wayne State started the second half strong, using a pair of steals and Matt Thomas old-fashioned 3-point plays to even the score at 35-35 two minutes into the second half.
The final tie of the game was at 43-43 following a Tony Bonner basket with 12:29 remaining. But Northern State went on a 16-5 run over the next 4:30 to take their biggest lead of the night at 59-48 on a Darin Peterka layin with eight minutes to play.
The Wildcats did not go away and rallied to get back into the game. Still trailing 65-57, Wayne State closed with two at 65-63 on a Trevin Joseph basket with just under two minutes to play, then took the lead with 20.5 seconds to go on a Vance Janssen three-point play and a Jordan Cornelius basket to make it 69-68 before Kallman’s last-second heroics sent the Wildcats to their third last-second loss of the season.
Junior reserve guard Trevin Joseph led Wayne State in scoring with 16 points followed by junior Kendall Jacks with 10. Ian Smith scored 20 points to lead Northern State while DJ Pollard and Andrew Kallman also hit double figures with 18 and 12, respectively.
In women’s action, No. 20 Northern State snapped a 13-game regular season losing streak to Wayne State dating back to 2008 by using 61 percent shooting in the first half to take down the Wildcats 81-71.
Wayne State (14-5, 8-3 NSIC) never led in the contest. The host Wolves took a 7-2 lead 2:30 into the contest. The Wildcats got as close as one at 15-14 on a Maggie Schulte 3-pointer at the 2:12 mark of the first quarter, but the Wolves closed the quarter with the final four points for a 19-14 lead.
Northern State took their first double digit lead of the game with the first five points of the second quarter at 24-14. With NSU leading 29-19, the Wolves used hot shooting and a 10-0 run to take a 39-19 advantage before finishing the first half with a 41-28 lead.
Wayne State outscored NSU 21-20 in the third quarter to cut the lead to 61-49 after three quarters of play, but the host Wolves maintained a double-digit lead the remainder of the game to earn their first regular-season win over the Wildcats since Feb. 1, 2008.
Senior forward Maggie Schulte led Wayne State in scoring with 22 points, while senior center Paige Ballinger also hit double figures with 18 points. Miranda Ristau powered Northern State with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Jill Conrad and Alexis Tappe also reached double digits with 10 points apiece.
The Wildcats are on the road Saturday to face MSU Moorhead, with games at 4 and 6 p.m. in Moorhead, Minn.