Wildcat men get first win at Augie since 2010

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Wayne State used balanced scoring while holding Augustana to just 33 percent shooting as the Wildcats won at Augustana for the first time since 2010 with a 65-54 win Saturday at Sioux Falls Arena in the NSIC opener for both teams.

The Wildcats, who last won at Augustana on March 3 2010, never trailed in the contest. Each team started the game with five point scoring runs and with the score tied at 5-5, Wayne State went on a 13-2 run and took an 18-7 lead on a Trevin Joseph 3-pointer with 12:55 remaining in the first half.

Augustana got as close as four points several times, but the Wildcats pushed the lead back to nine at 31-22 on a Nick Ferrarini 3-pointer with 1:58 to play before halftime and the Wildcats ended the half with a 33-25 lead at intermission.

Wayne State opened the second half with a basket to take a 10-point lead at 35-25, but Augustana battled back as the Wildcats went cold from the field, making just 4 of their next 16 shots.

Augustana got within one on several occasions, however, Wayne State answered each challenge and used a 10-0 run late in the game to push the lead back to double figures to come away with the win.

Seniors Vance Janssen and Kendall Jacks led Wayne State in scoring with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Freshmen Nick Ferrarini and Jordan Janssen each added 11 points while Janssen hauled in a team-high 11 rebounds for his third double-double in four games. A.J. Plitzuweit led Augustana in scoring with 14 points while Michael Schaefer and Tyler Riemersma also scored double figures with 11 points each.

The Vikings held a 41-38 edge in rebounding over Wayne State as Jordan Janssen hauled in 11 boards for the Wildcats. Vance Janssen had four of Wayne State’s 13 assists while Ben Dentlinger had all three Wildcat blocked shots.

Wayne State (6-1, 1-0 NSIC)  will play NSIC road games next weekend at Upper Iowa Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Winona State Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

The Wayne Herald

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