KEARNEY – The first of two meetings in three days opened the Wayne State College Wildcat men’s basketball season with a visit at Nebraska-Kearney Friday evening.
From the UNK Health & Sport’s Center in Kearney, the Lopers played host to the ‘Cats.
Nebraska-Kearney lead early, until WSC took control after trailing 12-9. The ‘Cats pushed their lead as high as 11 in the first half to hold a 38-28 lead entering the locker room. It took one player for UNK to provide a second half comeback from senior forward Trey Lansman scoring 14 of his 29 points in the final 20 minutes. The Lopers outscored WSC 43-28 in the second half to win 71-66 and open the season 1-0 while the ‘Cats are now 0-1.
Wayne State was led by senior guard Brian Goodwin with a team-high 17 points, followed by junior guard Kendall Jacks scoring 11 points. Junior guard Trevin Joseph Jr. added double figure scoring with 10 points as sophomore center Tony Bonner scored eight points. Senior forward Jordan Cornelius tacked on six points and a team-high eight rebounds (one offensive).
WSC shot 22-56 (39.3%) from the field, 6-17 (35.3%) from behind the arc and 16-21 (76.2%) from the foul line.
Following the 29-point, 13 rebound double-double by Lansman, senior guard Lane Rohrich tallied 16 points and senior guard Yahsua Trent added 12 points for the Lopers.
UNK went 22-51 (43.1%) from the field, 4-19 (21.1%) from the three-point line and 23-31 (74.2%) from the charity stripe.
The two teams will play again in Wayne from Rice Auditorium on Sunday, November 12 at 3 p.m. a part of a non-exempt weekend.