Wildcats suffer close losses over Thanksgiving break

Reshun Trimble, Staff Writer

This weekend the WSC men’s basketball team faced West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico University.

The Wildcats traveled to Canyon, Texas for the Pak-A-Sak Thanksgiving Classic for another road trip, where they lost West Texas A&M, 92-74, on Friday, despite a great shooting day for the Wildcats.

WSC dropped to a 1-3 record as the Buffs improve to 7-1 for the year.

In the first half, Wayne State shot 13-20 at 65 percent from the field, but still trailed at the half 46-35 due to 13 turnovers, the most the team has had all season.

“(The turnovers) were disappointing,” Head Coach Jeff Kaminsky said. “I think we are a team that prides ourselves on taking care of the ball. I think we did better a lot later on in the second half on taking care of the ball.”

The Buffs maintained a lead the entire game, raising their score by 13 before the half ended.

In the second half, West Texas A&M started off rolling eight of nine shots, giving the team a 20-point lead over Wayne and finishing the game with a 92-74 victory.

The Buffs shot 55 percent in the game, and were 21 of 30 from the free-throw line. WT A&M’s David Chavlovich put up a game high of 21 points for the Buffs.

The Wildcats shot a season best of 53 percent, going 23 out of 44 from the field.

“We shoot the ball well and moved it well,” Kaminsky said. “We also got good shots and were having a good night of putting points on the board, but we just need to do a better job consistently on the defensive end.

“That was a team that we had a lot of difficult matchups against and they were a very athletic team.”

So far this year, the Wildcats have had a difficult list of teams to face-off against.

“The teams we’ve lost to so far are a combined 22-4, record-wise,” Kaminsky said.

Matt Thomas led the Wildcats in scoring with 20 points, while Kendall Jacks had 14 points and led the team in rebounds with five.

After a tough fight against Eastern New Mexico on Saturday, the Wildcats lost the thriller 89-86 in a double overtime.

The Greyhounds drained four straight free throws to send the game into overtime at 65-65.

In the first OT, WSC’s Vance Janssen hit a buzzer 3-pointer, tying it 77-77 and sending the game in double-overtime. In the second OT, the Wildcats couldn’t muster any points, letting the game slip away to the Hounds, ending 89-86.

WSC had six players score in the double digits. Brian Goodwin led with 19. Junior Jordan Cornelius had his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds.

“I thought our team did a much better job than Friday with taking care of the ball against a lengthier and athletic team than the team we faced on Friday,” Kaminsky said.

Wayne State will play its first regular season games at home this weekend, hosting Minnesota State Friday night at 8 p.m. and Concordia-St. Paul Saturday in a 6 p.m. NSIC contest at Rice Auditorium.