Wayne State men's season ends in NSIC tourney opener
St. Cloud State shot 58.2 percentfrom the field as the Huskies defeated Wayne State College 81-57 Wednesday in the opening round of the Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball tournament at St. Cloud, Minnesota. The host Huskies improve to 22-7 with the win while WSC ends the year at 14-17.
Wayne State (14-17) took the lead early on the Huskies, jumping out of the game to a 12-4 lead five minutes into the game. St. Cloud State (22-7) then produced the next 13 points to take the lead for good at 17-12.
After a Matt Thomas layup got Wayne within three at 17-14, St. Cloud scored the next nine points for a 26-14 advantage at the 6:13 mark of the half.
The Wildcats battled back and got as close as six at 30-24 on a Tony Bonner jumper with 3:18 to play before halftime, but the Huskies closed the half strong and took a 39-28 lead at intermission.
Wayne State stayed within reach of the Huskies early in the second half, but St. Cloud State’s 60.7 percent shooting in the second half was too much for the Wildcats to overcome.
After SCSU took a 14-point lead at 44-30, Wayne State scored eight straight points, and back-to-back baskets by Kendall Jacks got the Wildcats within six again at 44-38. The Huskies scored the next seven points for a 51-38 lead and led by double digits the rest of the way.
Junior Trevin Joseph scored 13 points for Wayne State followed by Jordan Cornelius with 12 and Vance Janssen with 11. Cornelius led the Wildcats on the glass with eight caroms.