Golden Bears end WSU men’s’ six-game winning streak

One night after Riley Bambenek hit a monstrously long 3-pointer at the buzzer to push the Winona State men’s basketball team’s winning streak to six, the magic didn’t carry over as the Warriors fell to Concordia-St. Paul 67-62 in its regular season home finale at McCown Gymnasium on Saturday.

WSU (13-11, 12-8 NSIC) led 27-24 at halftime and built that advantage into a 38-36 lead with 14 minutes to play, but a 21-3 run by the Golden Bears put the Warriors behind 57-41 with just under five-and-a-half minutes left in the second half.

Winona State unleashed a 12-1 run of its own to pull with 63-58 with 1:11 to go in regulation, but the closest  the Warriors would come would be a Mark Blacklock layup that made it a one-possession game with 24 seconds remaining.

While WSU attempted just three free throws, Concordia-St. Paul converted 21 of 34 and outrebounded the Warriors 41-32 for the contest.

Behind 13 second-half points, Conrad Masberg led WSU with 15 to go along with seven rebounds, while Kyle Bauman finished with 14 points and six boards. Riley Bambenek pitched in with 11.

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