Winona State men drop first home contest to Northern State

The Winona State men’s basketball team held a thirteen-point lead at the break, but could not stave off a hellacious run from Northern State in the second half in a 68-64 loss at McCown Gymnasium on Saturday.

WSU (5-6, 4-3 NSIC) led 35-22 at the half, but Northern State (7-6, 3-4) unleashed a 25-5 run to open the second to jump out to a 49-42 lead with just over 12 minutes to play.

The Warriors followed that up with a 6-0 run of their own to make it 49-48 before a Corey Jeffs dunk put Winona State ahead by one with 4:26 remaining.

A Mark Blacklock lay-up provided WSU with a brief three-point advantage before Skye Warwick, who surpassed the 1,000 career points plateau in the game, drilled a 3-pointer to knot the game at 60-60 with three minutes to go.

Kyle Bauman converted on a free throw to put the Warriors ahead by one, but Northern State finished it out with lay-ups and free throws for the victory.

Riley Bambenek led WSU with 12 points and Bauman finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double, while Jeffs and Blacklock each scored 11 points.

It was the first home loss of the season (4-1) for Winona State.

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