Tournament hopes end in first round loss for men’s basketball

Shawn Smith, Staff Writer

A 65 percent shooting percentage for the evening helped the seventh-ranked MSU Moorhead Dragons to a victory over the Wildcats on Wednesday at the first round of the NSIC Sanford Men’s Basketball Tournament in Moorhead, Minn.

WSC’s final game of the season was a 109-83 loss.

The ‘Cats kept the game within reach during most of the first half. Brian Goodwin drained a 3-pointer to put WSC within one (19-18) at the 12:36 mark.

With 8:27 on the clock, Wayne State was still only behind by four, but the Dragons offense ignited a 15-4 scoring run to go ahead 45-30. That lead increased to 59-40 as the teams hit the locker room for halftime.

MSU Moorhead did not give the ‘Cats much hope the second half. They shot 20 for 33 (61 percent) for the remainder of the game.

Matt Thomas led WSC scorers with 18 points. Adam Moon had 16 points and 8 rebounds. The lone senior, David Anderson, scored six points.

Tyler Vaughan topped the Dragons scorers with 26.

Wayne State men’s basketball ended their season with a 5-24 record, while MSU Moorhead are now 28-4.