Losing skid continues for men’s hoops


Richard Rhoden

Patrick Kurth elevates and slams one during a contest earlier in the season. Kurth has established himself as WSC’s top big man.

Asia Berg, Staff Writer

The Wildcat men’s basketball team lost a 94-80 overtime thriller against Minnesota Duluth Friday night in Duluth, Minn.

WSC put their all into the game and it showed to all the Wayne State fans that this team has what it takes.

The Wildcats had seven ties and 14 lead changes in the first half of the game.

Duluth ended up scoring 10 more points toward the end of the first half to leave the score at 45-37.

Wayne State trailed behind for most the second half but came back 80-77 when Kendall Jacks was fouled. Jacks made the first free throw but missed his second. Trae Vandeberg got the tip from the second free throw to tie up the score 80-80.

WSC would go on to play in overtime only to lose 94-80.

“Like the USF game we had it in our hands and we lost it. We had a lot of emotions going into overtime that game,” Vandeberg said. Patrick Kurth had 18 points and 8 rebounds against Duluth.

WSC then played St. Cloud on Saturday with another devastating loss, 94-77. Jacks had 18 points and 6 rebounds.

“We played two really hard games this weekend, and it was unfortunate that we lost. We have been improving this season and this weekend showed it,” Vandeberg said.

The Wildcats will face off this weekend against Upper Iowa at 8 p.m. Friday and Winona State at 6 p.m. Saturday, both in Rice Auditorium.