Balanced scoring propels Warriors men past Minot State

Kyle Bauman tied a career-high with 25 points as five players scored in double figures in the Winona State men’s basketball team’s 94-75 victory over Minot State in the first round of the NSIC / Sanford Health Tournament at McCown Gymnasium on Wednesday.

Isaiah Gray scored 21 points off the bench for WSU (15-12, 14-9), Corey Jeffs finished with 13 (1o of which came in the first half) and both Riley Bambenek and Conrad Masberg pitched in 10. Winona State’s 94 points were its second-highest total of the season.

It was a back-and-forth affair through the first half, as a Luis Ricci Maia jumper right before the halftime buzzer to make it a 39-38 game in favor of the Warriors.

The teams traded baskets early until about midway through the second half when WSU (15-12, 14-9) began to pull away.

Winona State knocked down eleven 3-pointers and shot 55.7 percent from the floor (34-for-61), and held Minot State (15-14, 10-13) to just 34.9 (22-for-63).

Both team were impressive from the free throw line, with the Warriors draining 15 of 18, while the Beavers converted 27 of 33.

The rebounding margin was a slim one, with Winona State pulling down one extra board, 37-36. Bauman led the way with nine, while Masberg hauled in seven.

Connor Flack contributed nine points off the bench for WSU.

Tyler Rudolph was one of three Minot players to reach double figures, leading the way with 16 points. Nathan Mertens had 12 and Chris Davis had 11. Rudolph also led the Beavers with nine rebounds.

Winona State will travel to the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. for the NSIC quarterfinals, where they will face Northern State at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

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