Warriors Tame Huskies In Non-Conference Matchup
Winona State Men’s Basketball will be heading into the Holiday break riding a 4-game winning streak, thanks to a 98-66 win over Michigan Tech on Tuesday.
The game was a homecoming of sorts for Michigan Tech. The Huskies were members of the former Northern Intercollegiate Conference with Winona State from 1957 until 1980. Prior to Tuesday’s game, the two teams had just met twice since the Huskies left the NIC. The last time Winona State earned a win over Michigan Tech was on February 5, 1977.
The game was close for most of the first half. Corey Jeffs exploded from beyond the arc, hitting 5 3-pointers, prompting time-outs from the Michigan Tech bench. The Huskies would keep an eye on Jeffs the rest of the night, not allowing Jeffs to take another shot in the game. The Warriors had plenty of other options, including Mason Domask, who joined Jeffs in double-figures in the first half, with 12 points.
The game was tied at 39 with 5:13 remaining in the half, when the Warriors went on a run to pull away. WSU outscored the Huskies 19-2 in the final 5+ minutes, to take a 58-41 lead at the break.
The Huskies leading scorer, Kyle Monroe came into the night averaging just over 26 points per game. He did not disappoint, finishing with 35 points, going 13-of-24 from the floor. Monroe was also 3-of-6 from 3-point range and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. He also added 7 rebounds and 2 steals. However, only one other teammate joined him in double figures (Bryan Heath: 10 points), which was not enough to counter the Warrior attack.
Caleb Wagner continued to impress in the WSU starting lineup. Wagner earned his second double-double of the year, scoring 16 points with 11 assists. Tommy Gathje had his best game this season for the Warriors with 22 points and 9 rebounds, while Connor Flack scored 16, and Domask ended the night with 16 points.
Winona State shot an impressive 62% from the field, and 53% from 3-point range, sinking a season-best 16 triples.
The Warriors improve to 8-4 on the season, and will be off until December 30, when they travel to Minnesota-Crookston (6-6, 3-3 NSIC North) for an NSIC cross-division game.