Warrior Men’s Basketball Comes Up Short In Weekend Double-Header
After a flu outbreak ravaged the Warrior Men’s Basketball team, no one was sure how they would fare during a Conference weekend double-header, following a week of missed school, and missed practices.
The Warriors dropped a pair of Conference games, losing to Sioux Falls 90-81, and Southwest Minnesota State 77-61.
In the game against Sioux Falls, it’s possible that not even a 100% healthy Warrior team would have been able to keep up with the Cougars. That’s because Sioux Falls shot 51.8% from the field, and an even more impressive 51.9% from the three point line. Add to that, an 18-19 performance from the free throw line, and the Cougars earned their 4th win of the season.
The Warriors hung with Sioux Falls, shooting 60.6% from the field in the second half, but may have expended too much energy trying to keep up with the Cougars.
Four Warriors scored in double-figures, led by Kyle Bauman’s 22 points and 7 rebounds. Riley Bambenek had 20 points, while Isaiah Gray had 18, and Connor Flack had 10. Winona State took care of the ball as well, committing just 6 turnovers.
The next night, the Warrior Men ran into one of the top teams in the NSIC in Southwest Minnesota State. Winona State started the game well, trailing by just 2 points at the half, but the Mustangs pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Warriors by 14 points.
Three Warriors finished in double-figures. Riley Bambenek had 18 points, and 5 assists. Kyle Bauman had 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Isaiah Gray had 14 points.
Again, Winona State was low on turnovers, with just 7 for the game, but the Mustangs had the edge on rebounds (41-33), and bench scoring (19-6).
WSU is now 3-3 overall, and 0-2 in the NSIC. They will be on the road this weekend, taking on Minnesota State-Mankato on December 9, and Concordia-St. Paul on December 10.