Second-half effort nets 78-57 win for Wildcats

Wayne State Kendall Jacks scored 17 of his game-high 20 points in the second half as Wayne State outscored New York Institute of Technology 48-31 in the second half to pull away for a 78-57 victory over the Bears Saturday morning at the Sanford Pentagon Showcase in Sioux Falls,

The first half was close between the two teams featuring seven ties and six lead changes. After NYIT took an 8-4 lead (biggest lead of the game) at the 16:28 mark of the first half, WSC stormed back and knotted the score at 10-10 following a Tony Bonner 3-point play and pushed the lead to five at 17-12 on a Luke TerHark layup at the 12:17 mark.

The Bears responded and tied the game at 17-17 with the two teams trading ties several times before NYIT took their final lead of the game at 24-22 on a Arvelle Jones III 3-pointer with 5:13 to play in the half. Wayne State took the lead for good following four straight points from Bonner and finished the first half with a 30-26 lead.

Wayne State picked up the tempo in the second half, doubling their first-half production in the first 10 minutes of the second half, leading to a 48-31 scoring advantage over the Bears in the second half to pull away with the 21-point win.

NYIT was within three at 34-31 two minutes into the second half, but Wayne State scored the next eight points to take their first double-digit lead at 45-34 following a Jacks layup with 13:59 remaining.

The Bears were trailing 51-42 at the 11:32 mark when the Wildcats put the game out of reach with the next nine points for a commanding 60-42 lead with 9:38 to play.  NYIT never got closer than 14 the rest of the game.

Jacks recorded 17 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to lead Wayne State in scoring, going 8-for-11 from the field. Bonner added 19 points, with 13 coming in the first half. Junior reserve guard Trevin Joseph also hit double figures with 10 points.

Wayne State held a 41-36 advantage in rebounding thanks to nine caroms from Austin Esters with Jacks adding seven. Jacks had four of Wayne State’s 16 assists while Joseph was credited with a team-high three steals.

The Wildcats (4-1) play Missouri Southern Sunday evening in a 7:30 p.m. contest at the Sanford Pentagon Showcase in Sioux Falls.

The Wayne Herald

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