Men’s basketball sweeps opponents over the weekend


Carolyn Hauschild

Carson Arenz (13) and Alec Rosner (5) blocking University of Mary’s Regan Tollefson and Kam Warrens. The final score on Friday, Feb. 2, was 80-67 for a Warrior win.

Syerah Mulhern-Allred, Sports Editor

Winona State Warriors Men’s Basketball had a successful weekend as they bring their season to 13-6 with a pair of wins against the University of Mary Marauders and the Minot State Beavers.

Third-year guard Alec Rosner started the game on a high note as he hit a 3-pointer only 15 seconds into the game.

While the three pointer started the game, Rosner also ended the game on a pair of free throws. However, this isn’t his most impressive feat this season as he currently sits at the second highest scoring outing of the season in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).

Above Rosner sits Isaac Fink at Southwest Minnesota State with 37, while Rosner is short behind at 36. This has him tied with Jonte Flowers, previous Warrior basketball player who was inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, at tenth place in Winona State history on all-time single-game mark.

At the top of that list is Herschel Lewis, who scored 51 points back in February of 1972 against Michigan Tech.

Overall, the Marauders shot 52.8% and the Warriors shot only a bit over at 58.5%, keeping it a relatively close game.

To break down those percentages, both teams were well off from the free throw line as UMary shot 11 out of 15 and Winona State shot 13 out of 18. WSU also hit 14 of 24 three-point attempts and UMary made 11 of 22.

Going into the locker room at halftime, Winona State led by a sliver at 46-40. The second half rolled out differently as the Marauders fought back enough for even a seven-point lead at one point, 63-56.

While caught off guard, the Warriors recovered with ten minutes left in the game as Rosner and first-year Connor Dillon regained the rhythm that was apparent in the first half.

Dillon had 14 points of the night to tie his season-high from November’s matchup against Viterbo.

With five minutes to go, both teams were tied at 72-72 but the Warriors had the drive that the Marauders fatigued, finishing the game at 87-78.

Third-year Luke Martens had a total of 17 points and possessed the most rebounds of the night with seven, adding onto his 3 for 3 three pointers and 7-9 on shots overall while fourth-year Devin Whitelow had seven assists, two steals, and 11 points.

First year Carson Arenz stated that while having the fans back is nice, it adds an extra level of com- plications.

“Flans play a role in a teams success and having a big turnout for fans can be a huge benefit.” Arenz said. “I’ve came to realize loud crowds can interfere with coach or the people on the bench trying to communicate with the players on the court.”

By this Arenz means that sometimes amid crowd screams and shouts, players can misunderstand coaches and vice versa causing miscommunication about plays.

As a relatively young team, having a struggle such as attempting to block out crowd noise can be a struggle.

In game two of the weekend, Martens began the match with a layup during the first minute to start the hot streak.

The Beavers were close at one point as they tied the game 11-11 but were not able to keep up with the heat. To end the first half, Rosner hit a two pointer to bring the lead to 46-32. Martens led the way with 10 points and 4-6 on shooting in the first 20 minutes.

Throughout the whole first half, Winona State shot a 52.9% overall with 10 assists, six Beaver turn- overs and six three-pointers.

Minot State slowly began to catch up in the second half as they managed 12 points in only the first six minutes but first-year forward Drew Adams sparked a flame when he had a tip-in off a rebound followed by a three pointer from Whitelow.

Shortly after the beginning of period chain of events, Arenz extended a possession with two consecutive offensive rebounds. This put the Warriors up by 20 points giving the Beavers no chance at redemption.

Overall, Winona State didn’t over perform the Beavers in the numbers as they shot 47.6% from the field and went 11 out of 14 on free throws while the Beavers shot 52.7% from the field.

However, the Warriors finessed 12 Minot State turnovers while accomplishing just eight turnovers and passing for 17 assists.

The leader in points for the night was Rosner once again with 21 points followed by Whitelow with 13 and Martens and Adams tied at 10 each. Every Warrior who played that night (nine total) managed to shoot a bucket at least once.

Martens led the way with eight rebounds while third-year Owen King had seven assists and zero turnovers.

“The season has been excellent; we’re doing a lot better than expected and have been on a role lately.” Carson Arenz said in hope that the streak continues.

The game score ended 80-67, making a hot streak of three wins in a row. The team sits at third in the NSIC South and fourth overall in the conference after being predicted to be 11th overall in the NSIC preseason poll.

The Warriors hit the road this week to play Augustana on Friday Feb. 4 and Wayne State on Saturday Feb. 5 and hopefully continue their winning streak.