Winona State picked up right where it left off last week as it shot the lights out and ran away from Southwest Minnesota State 85-67 in NSIC men’s basketball action on Friday at McCown Gymnasium.
After scoring 51 points in the second half against Bemidji State last Saturday, the Warriors put up 47 after the break against the Mustangs.
WSU (8-11, 5-8) shot 55.6 percent from the floor and 46.4 percent on 3-point tries. It was something of a return to form after they led the conference in 3s last season, but had been struggling from behind the arc so far this year.
Five players made 3s for the Warriors, led by Kevion Taylor’s four. Caleb Wagner made 3, while Charlie Koontz, Dalante Peyton, and Mason Domask each made 2.
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Taylor led the Warriors with 23 points, while Wagner scored 18. Devin Whitelow scored 15, Charlie Koontz scored 10 and Mason Domask scored 10. Whitelow had seven assists and Wagner had five. Eight of Whitelow’s 10 points came in the second half.
WSU out-rebounded SMSU 34-23. Taylor led the way with nine rebounds, while Wagner and Whitelow each had six.
Ryan Bruggeman scored 29 points for the Mustangs, shooting 47.8 percent from the field.