Warrior Men’s Basketball Christens New Court With A Win
Although 2 volleyball matches had already been played on the renovated McCown Gym floor by the time the Winona State Men’s Basketball team started their warmups, The Warriors had not competed on their new home yet, but had no problems as they started out the 2016-17 regular season with a 76-47 win over UW-Stout.
After 2 exhibition games in Talbot Gym, this was the first game to count for the Warriors. For the Division III Blue Devils, though, it was still an exhibition game, and their first live action of the season.
The Warriors scored the first 6 points of the game, and never trailed against UW-Stout.
Riley Bambenek hit the first 3 3-point shots he took in the game, and Kyle Bauman established his presence early, scoring 15 points in the first half.
The Warriors shot nearly 54% from the 3-point line in the first half, and 64% from the floor, to take a 49-29 lead into halftime.
While the Warriors cooled off in the second half (they shot 0-8 from the 3-point line, and 43% from the floor), their lead was never challenged.
Corey Jeffs had a double-double in his first game of the season, totaling 10 points and 13 rebounds. Bauman led all scorers with 21 points, and nearly had a double-double himself, with 9 rebounds. Bauman also shot 7-of-10 from the free throw line, and added 4 assists.
Riley Bambenek and Charlie Koontz each reached double-figures in scoring, with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Next up for the Warriors is their cross-town game, as Saint Mary’s comes to McCown Gym on November 21 at 7 PM.