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Winona State Wins 11th Straight

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WINONA, Minn. – The No. 21 Winona State men's basketball team used balanced scoring and a long range attack to win its 11th consecutive game, beating Minot State 78-64 Saturday in Winona.
 
Conrad Masberg scored a career-high 17 points, one of four Warriors who reached double figures scoring. Riley Bambenek chipped in 16 while Taylor Cameron added 14. Kellen Taylor scored 11 while grabbing 12 rebounds, his third double-double in the Warriors' last four games.
 
The Warriors connected from behind the 3-point line early and often, hitting 12 triples on the game. Conrad Masberg led the team with four while Bambenek nailed three. Cameron was good on a pair of 3-pointers, as WSU went 12-of-30 (40 percent) from deep on the night.
 
Winona State led by just three at the half, but used a 17-2 run in the middle of the second to build a double-digit advantage. With the game tied at 44 the Warriors scored the next nine points, opening a 53-44 lead. After a Minot State basket, WSU put together an 8-0 run to hold a 61-46 lead with 9:56 remaining.
 
The Warriors' lead would not dip into single digits the rest of the way as the WSU defense put the finishing touches on a strong defensive night. Minot State shot just 31.6 percent (18-of-57) from the floor on the game, including a 28.6 percent (8-of-28) mark in the first half.
 
Winona State also blocked seven shots, while Skyler O'Laughlin swatting four. The team forced Minot State to commit 17 turnovers as well.
 
WSU was outstanding distributing the basketball, recording assists on 20 of its 21 field goals. Taylor posted a team-best six while Cameron had five.
 
The Warriors are now 15-2 overall and 10-0 in NSIC play. The team's 11 game win streak marks the third consecutive year WSU has won at least ten games in a row and the 14th time in program history.
 
Winona State did its damage from behind the 3-point line in the first half, with eight of its 11 field goals coming from deep. The Warriors led by three, 35-32, at the break, with Masberg drilling three triples to score a team-high ten points in the opening half.
 
WSU will hit the road next weekend, traveling to Southwest Minnesota State and Sioux Falls.
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