The UWS men hosted their annual Merrill Thompson Tip-Off Classic and were able to win a game and came up short in double overtime in the other.
On Saturday they were playing house to Concordia College who traveled all the way from Moorhead. Both teams battled for all of regulation plus two five minute overtime periods. Brunson Byrne was the difference in the first half for the Yellowjackets as he scored 12 of his 22 points in the half. Not only was he getting it done with the ball but he was getting his team into it being vocal and cheering his team on with every made basket. Jarrod Peterson had another wonderful game scoring a game high 25 points and adding seven rebounds.
Senior Brendan Bauer left it all out on the floor as he fouled out before the second over time giving the team 22 points and eight rebounds in a hard effort.Both teams battled, trading basket after basket but eventually it was UWS who broke. The men had a chance at the end of both regulation and overtime to finish off the pesky Cobbers.
After a nifty pass from Dewon McKenzie, to the Cobbers leading scorer, Ebo NaNa-Kweson, the Yellowjackets had three seconds to put up a shot. Peterson was happy though with the effort and the play at the end of regulation. “The play worked, I attacked the basket instead of pulling up for a jumper. It was a good play we just needed to execute it better.”
In the first overtime Johnquez Brooks had a chance to shuck the Cobbers but like Peterson his shot came up short and the Yellowjackets were faced to battle another grueling overtime. With Bauer fouling out 10 seconds into the period, and him being the hottest hand at the moment, the Yellowjackets had a uphill battle to face. NaNa-Kweson lead the Cobbers in the second overtime, scoring four points, stealing the ball once and adding a block. The Cobbers got a spark from Aaron Lindahl in the second half and overtimes as he scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half. The Cobbers prevailed 95–90.
On the Sunday evening battle the men took on cross-bridge rival St.Scholastica. The UWS team showed no sign of fatigue from the tough match the night before, cruising to a 72–54.
Peterson had another great showing with scoring a game high 19 points and adding 11 rebounds for a double-double (Double digits in two separate categories). The Yellowjackets dominated almost every category of the game along with the game itself.
The Yellowjackets out-rebounded the Saints 46–27, and out-scored them in the paint 26–16. They men were making it rain from three point land too hitting 8–19 including four of the bombs from Peterson. Aaron Cory had himself a nice game scoring 15 points in 19 minutes of play. No other member of the team reached double digits.
The Saints, who fell to 0–4 on the season, were lead by Jonah Dahlman who tallied up 15 points. Brett Tester added 10 points for the Saints as well but it wasn’t enough as they saw a once six point deficit do nothing but swell in the second half.
The Yellowjackets now 2–2 head down to Northwestern College for their first road game of the year Wednesday. The game will be on KUWS at 7 p.m.