Wayne, Neb. --- Senior forward Jordan Janssen scored 25 points and senior guard Nate Mohr added 21 as the Wayne State men’s basketball team defeated Nebraska-Kearney 77-67 Saturday afternoon at the UNK Health and Sports Center. The ‘Cats are now 3-1 while UNK drops to 2-3.

The first half was close until the Wildcats had a scoring run to take a nine point lead late in the half.

With UNK leading 21-19, WSC went on an 11-0 run to take a 30-21 lead at the 5:35 mark following a Justin Eagins 3-pointer.

WSC was still up eight at 37-29 until UNK closed the half to reduce the Wildcat lead to three at 37-34.

The host Lopers came out strong in the second half and built a pair of five point leads but another Wildcat scoring surge gave WSC control of the game.

UNK held a 54-49 lead with 12:13 to play, but WSC came back to knot the score at 61-61 with nine minutes to play.

The ‘Cats went on a 12-2 run over the next eight minutes and closed the game with a 77-67 win.

Wayne State shot 45 percent in the win, making 23 of 51 shots. The ‘Cats were 10 of 23 behind the arc and 21 for 25 at the free throw line.

Janssen had a game-high 25 points for WSC, going 13-17 at the charity stripe. Nate Mohr followed with 21 points and Eagins had 13.

UNK was 23 of 54 from the field for 42 percent and hit 8 of 28 3-pointers to go with 13-14 at the line.

WSC was outrebounded by UNK 35-28 despite nine boards from Janssen.

Janssen led WSC in assists with five and had two steals.

Wayne State had just eight turnovers to 17 on UNK, resulting in a 21-8 edge in points off turnovers.

The Wildcats open NSIC play on the road Tuesday evening at #18 Augustana at 5:30 p.m.