Rebounds make difference as Augie edges WSC men
Augustana grabbed 25 offensive rebounds and held a commanding 33-4 advantage in second-chance points to lead the Vikings in a 75-66 win over Wayne State in the Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball opener for both teams Saturday at Rice Auditorium.
Neither team led by more than five points in the first half that featured eight ties and seven lead changes.
Wayne State’s biggest lead of the first half was 17-12 following a Nate Thayer layup at the 10:41 mark. Augustana then went on a 10-1 run and took their biggest lead of the half at 22-18 with 7:51 to go in the half.
The Wildcats ended the first half with a 35-33 lead despite Augustana grabbing 15 offensive rebounds in the first half, but Wayne State held the lead thanks to 12-38 field goal shooting by the Vikings in the first half.
Augustana scored the first eight points of the second half to grab a 41-35 lead, but Wayne State rallied and took their first lead of the second half at 46-44 on a Nick Ferrarini jumper with 12:40 left. The final lead of the night for Wayne State came on a Nate Thayer 3-pointer for a 57-55 lead with 8:13 remaining.
Wayne State was still within two at 61-59 with 5:24 to play, but the Wildcats ran out of gas and Augustana built a double-digit lead at 72-62 with 1:10 to play and finished with the nine-point victory.
The story of the game was Augustana’s domination in rebounding, holding a 54-36 edge. The Vikings grabbed 25 offensive rebounds that led to a 33-4 advantage on points in the paint.
Jordan Janssen led Wayne State with 14 points followed by Ferrarini (13) and Al’Tavius Jackson (10). Henry Penner and Nate Mohr each had four assists for Wayne State while Jackson was credited with four steals. Ferrarini had three blocked shots with Janssen adding two.
Wayne State (3-6, 0-1 NSIC) will be at home again next weekend, hosting Upper Iowa Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Winona State Saturday at 5:30 p.m.