College men’s basketball: Myer closing in on No. 2 as hot-shooting Bulldogs tame Wildcats
Brandon Myer scored 21 points as Minnesota Duluth got off to a fast start en route to a 91-70 NSIC victory over Wayne State on Saturday night at Romano Gym.
Myer, a senior forward from Superior, is now just a basket from moving past Mike Patterson (1,808 points, 1961-65) for second place on UMD’s all-time scoring list.
Freshman Drew Blair (18 points) and seniors Logan Rohrscheib (17) and Alex Illikainen (15) also scored in double figures for the Bulldogs (18-6 overall, 13-5 NSIC). UMD, which improve to 11-1 at home this season, jumped out to a 54-29 halftime lead after blitzing the nets at 63.6 percent shooting, including 58.8 percent (10-for-17) from 3-point range.
Jackson Al’Tavius was one of four Wayne State players in double figures with 16 points to lead the Wildcats (10-17, 7-11).
The Bulldogs remain a game behind Northern State (18-6, 14-4) in the NSIC North Division standings with the teams squaring off at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Romano Gym.
Sophomore guard Quinn Fischer of Esko scored a career-high 28 points as St. Scholastica rallied for an 82-77 UMAC victory over Crown before 222 in St. Bonifacius, Minn.
The Saints were 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in the final 88 seconds to pull out the victory, with Fischer icing it with a pair of free throws with seven seconds remaining.
St. Scholastica (12-10 overall, 9-4 UMAC) once-again got quality production from its bench, with Isiah Hendrickson scoring a season-high 15 points on 5-for-5 shooting, including 4-for-4 from 3-point range, and Collin Anderson adding 14.
Senior forward Tim Wendel had a monster game for the Storm (7-14, 5-7), scoring 32 points and grabbing 15 rebounds while adding four assists, five blocks and five steals.
The game featured 18 lead changes and 77 3-point attempts.
Senior guard Allen Anderson made a pair of free throws with 29 seconds as Wisconsin-Superior edged North Central 76-75 before 305 on Alumni Day at Mertz Mortorelli Gym in Superior.
Freshman Mason Ackley, the 2019 Superior Telegram player of the year, scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Yellowjackets on an efficient 11-for-14 shooting. Vid Milenkovic (20 points), Eli Vogel (15) and Anderson (10) also reached double figures in scoring for UWS (14-7, 11-1), which won its fourth straight and continues to chase Northwestern (16-6, 12-1) for the UMAC lead.
Micah Filer had 22 points and Justin Castro had 19 points to lead North Central (5-17, 2-10).
The Rams had their chances to win it at the end but Seth Fuqua missed a jumper with 13 seconds remaining, and after a missed UWS free throw, Filer missed a 3-pointer just before the buzzer.
UWS plays St. Scholastica at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Reif Gym while Northwestern hosts Bethany Lutheran (16-5, 11-1) on a day with heavy UMAC tournament implications.