Janssen lifts Wildcats to 82-72 win over UNK

Junior guard Vance Janssen scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to lead Wayne State in a 82-72 win Sunday afternoon over Nebraska-Kearney in men’s basketball action at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.

Neither team led by more than five points in the first half until Wayne State took six and seven points leads in the final four minutes of the half.

Wayne State built a five point lead at 23-18 following a Kendall Jacks layup with 6:42 left in the first half, but the Lopers reeled off the next six points and took a 24-23 lead on a Ty Danielson trey with 5:36 to go in the half.

The Wildcats responded with a 9-2 run for a 32-26 advantage following Tony Bonner’s layup at the 3:23 mark and ended the first half with a 36-31 lead.

The second half was close early until the Wildcats pulled away at the midway point of the half.

UNK knotted the score at 38-38 with 16:32 to play. The two teams traded several ties with the final one coming at 45-45. The Lopers took their last lead of the game at 48-47 on a Austin Luger 3-pointer with 11:13 remaining.

Wayne State scored the next seven points to take the lead for good at 54-48 and pushed the lead to 11 at 66-55 after a Janssen 3-pointer with 6:12 remaining. UNK got as close as close as six at 68-62 with 4:04 to play, but the Wildcats responded with a Jordan Cornelius three-point play and a Janssen jumper to go back in front by 11 and the Wildcats finished with the 10-point win.

Janssen led four Wildcats in double figures with his game-high 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and 7-for-7 at the free throw line. Kendall Jacks added 15 with Tony Bonner and Brian Goodwin each scoring 11.

Danielson paced UNK in scoring with 17 points while Trey Lansman produced a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.  Yashua Trent also hit double figures with 15.

Goodwin, Cornelius and Bonner each had three assists while Janssen and Goodwin both had three steals.

The Wildcats (1-1) will be at home again Friday evening, hosting Barclay College of Kansas in a 7 p.m. contest at Rice Auditorium

The Wayne Herald

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