Wayne State Men’s Comeback Fell Short, Buzzer-Beater Favors Missouri Southern

Wayne State Men’s Comeback Fell Short, Buzzer-Beater Favors Missouri Southern
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics. Kendall Jacks (white)

SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Wayne State College men’s basketball team was back in action during the Sanford Pentagon Showcase Sunday night where they trailed as much by eight with under four minutes in the game.

Back at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota it was all dead-locked at 36 all entering the locker room. Missouri Southern was able to get some breathing room with 3:37 left in the game, up 70-62. But, Wayne State would comeback scoring five of the next seven scores to trail, 74-72. The Wildcats also tied the game off a three-pointer with just five seconds left at 77 all before Missouri Southern won it with a layup at the buzzer. Final found the Lions winning 79-77 to improve to 2-3 on the season while WSC snaps a four-game winning streak to now sit 4-2 overall.

Junior guard Kendall Jacks averaged 21.5 points in the two games over the weekend, scoring 23 points and grabbing a team-high five rebounds Sunday night. Other double figure leaders for the ‘Cats were junior guard Vance Janssen with 16 points, junior guard Trevin Joseph Jr. adding 11 points and senior guard Austin Esters with 10 points.

WSC shot 27-60 (45%) from the field, 9-22 (40.9%) from behind the arc and 14-17 (82.4%) from the foul line. The ‘Cats recorded 10 assists to nine turnovers while adding one block and eight steals.

The Wayne State College men will next join the women’s team on the road this weekend for a pair of NSIC contests. WSC will visit Minnesota State-Mankato on Friday, December 1 at 6/8 p.m. followed by a road double header at Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday, December 2 at 4/6 p.m.

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