WSU men lights out from the floor, coast past Wildcats

The Winona State men’s basketball team shot a season high fifty-seven percent from the field and Mark Blacklock scored a season-best eighteen points in an 84-63 win over Wayne State at McCown Gymnasium on Saturday.

WSU (8-10, 7-7 NSIC) connected on 33 of 58 shots from the floor for the contest, and were particularly scintillating in the second half, drilling 65 percent of its attempts (17-for-26) to pull away from the Wildcats.

Nick Arenz and Riley Bambenek each knocked down 3-pointers to propel a 20-0 run which put the Warriors ahead 26-6 with eight-and-a-half minutes left in the opening half. Wayne State followed that with a 21-8 run of its own to make it 39-32 at the break.

Winona State opened the second half with a 19-6 streak, with each of those points coming in the paint, and held a commanding 58-38 lead with 13:01 remaining, but the Wildcats again responded with eight straight points to make it a 12-point game, but they would not get any closer.

Four players scored in double figures for WSU, led by Blacklock’s 18. Conrad Masberg had 15 points, Corey Jeffs accounted for 12 and Kyle Bauman finished with 10.

The Warriors handled Wayne State on the boards, outrebounding the Wildcats 41-27, and Kyle Bauman set the pace with nine.

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