WSU men can’t overcome turnovers in loss to No. 2 Augustana

The Winona State men’s basketball team outshot and outrebounded second-ranked Augustana, but nineteen turnovers proved insurmountable in a 75-62 loss at McCown Gymnasium on Friday.

WSU (7-10, 6-7 NSIC) connected on half of its shots from the field (28-for-56) and held the Vikings to 42 percent (27-for-64), and also won the rebounding battle 40-30, but points of of turnovers proved Winona State’s undoing.

The Warriors committed 12 more turnovers than Augustana (16-1, 13-0), but it when it came to turning defense into offense, the Vikings held a distinct advantage, outscoring WSU 21-2 in transition.

Winona State led 9-8 early, but a Jordan Spencer lay-up put Augustana out in front for good as they unleashed a 13-4 run to claim a 29-19 lead with 1:59 remaining in the first half, and took a 34-23 lead into the break.

The Warriors cut the Vikings’ lead to single digits twice in the final 20 minutes of play. A Riley Bambenek 3-pointer capped a 9-0 WSU run late that cut the deficit to six, but that was as close as Winona State would come.

Spencer was one of four Augustana players to score in double figures, leading the way with 22 points. Daniel Jansen had 15, Adam Beyer picked up 11 and Casey Schilling accounted for 10. Jansen (9) and Schilling (8) also combined for 17 rebounds. Augustana have won 16 in a row.

Kyle Bauman scored a career-high 25 points to lead all scorers and pulled down six boards.

Bambenek had a strong performance across the board with eight points, six rebounds, six assists, a block and a steal.

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