Scintillating offense propels Warriors men

The Winona State men’s basketball team is getting hot at the right time, and it was lights out offensively in a 96-78 win over St. Cloud State at McCown Gymnasium on Friday.

The Warriors converted on 60 percent (38-for-63) of their shots from the floor and posted their highest point total since defeating Minot State 98-76 on November 18, 2011.

WSU (11-10, 10-7 NSIC) connected on each of its first six shots from the floor, but the Huskies held tough through the first half, sending the game into the halftime locker room tied 44-44.

St. Cloud State (11-12, 8-9) opened up the second half with a 9-3 run to lead 53-49, but Winona State dominated from there, outscoring the Huskies 47-25 the rest of the way, including a 21-4 run that provided the Warriors with a 70-57 cushion.

Isaiah Gray led WSU with 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting and finished with five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Riley Bambenek accounted for 16 points to go along with five rebounds and four helpers. Kyle Bauman also poured in 16 points and added six boards, two blocks and a pair of assists.

Mark Blacklock narrowly missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds, and Connor Flack came off the bench to contribute nine points and five assists.

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