Warrior Men Outlast Grand View In Home Opener
Historically, Home has been where the Winona State Men’s Basketball team’s heart has been. Last year, the Warriors were 7-6 at home, 3-10 on the road. The year before that, WSU was 9-4 at home, 1-11 on the road.
This year’s Warriors, who started the 2017-18 season with a split on the road in the Hillyard Classic in St. Joseph, Missouri, looked to continue their home success as they kicked off their home schedule against Grand View.
Early on, the Vikings held with the Warriors, down by one at the first timeout. The game held close at the half, with Winona State up by 5.
The Warriors were not at full strength – Charlie Koontz was still out with an ankle injury, Spencer Treder was out , and Tommy Gathje was supposed to play limited minutes with a sore back.
Connor Flack took the opportunity to put the team on his back in the first half, and led the way for the Warriors with 14 points and 6 rebounds at the break. As a team, WSU played nearly mistake-free basketball, turning the ball over just 2 times.
The Warriors knew that Viking stars Jjuan Hadnot and Nathan Washington would get their points during the game, but for the most part, they held in check all of the other Vikings that averaged over 10 points a game coming in to Thursday’s contest.
In the second half, Devin Whitelow started to get hot, scoring 17 of his 19 points after the break. Mason Domask and Corey Jeffs also got to double-digit scoring with big second halves.
Tommy Gathje, held to just 18 minutes of play scored 11 points, including a 4-4 night from the free throw line.
Flack ended the night just shy of a double-double, with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Jeffs had 14 points, and Domask scored 13.
The Warriors are now 2-1 on the season, and have just one more non-conference game on the schedule. WSU will host Saint Mary’s on November 21 at 8 pm.