Balanced Offensive Production Lifts Warriors To Win Over WSC
WINONA, Minn. – The Winona State men's basketball team received a balanced offensive performance, led by Kellen Taylor's ninth double-double of the season, to post a 75-57 victory over Wayne State Friday in Winona.
Taylor finished the game with 13 points and 12 rebounds, his ninth double-double of the season and ninth of his career. The Warrior senior finished the game 3-of-6 from the floor while knocking down seven of his eight free throw attempts. Taylor also passed out four assists while putting together a fantastic all-around performance.
Four Warriors finished the game in double figures on the offensive end, with Riley Bambenek leading the team with 15 points. Josh Mongan scored a career-high 13 points while Mark Blacklock added ten.
WSU shot 44 percent as a team while making seven shots from behind the 3-point line. Mongan and Bambenek each knocked down two treys while Blacklock, Conrad Masberg and Taylor Cameron each made one.
Winona State moved its record to 23-5 overall and 18-3 in NSIC play on the season. The Warriors remain tied atop the conference standings with Minnesota State with one game remaining in the regular season. WSU's 23 victories are tied with the 1972-73 team for the eighth-most in a season.
The Warriors played solid defense all night, holding Wayne State to just 35.8 percent (19-of-53) shooting overall and 28 percent (7-of-25) from behind the 3-point line. The Warriors also swatted seven shots on the night, with Kyle Bauman collecting three and Blacklock two.
Taylor had a balanced first half, scoring eight points while grabbing eight rebounds in the opening 20 minutes as the Warriors jumped out to a 38-26 lead. Bambenek led the team with nine points in the first half while the WSU defense held Wayne State to just 28 percent shooting.
Winona State's lead never left double digits during the second half, growing to as many as 24 after a layup and free throw by Mongan with 4:53 to play.
The Warriors will complete their regular season Saturday when they host Augustana at 6 pm in McCown Gymnasium.
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