Kevion Taylor, a junior for the Warriors, watches to see whether his shot makes it in the net during the game against Michigan Tech.
Photo by Nicole Girgen
Warrior men’s basketball nabs first victory
by MAURICE HUDSON
From The Winonan, WSU’s student newspaper
Winona State Warriors men’s basketball team scored their first win of the season against Michigan Tech, snapping a three-game skid that started the 2019-20 season.
Coming off a loss to Clarke University (70-73), the Warriors sought redemption for their season.
Junior guard Dalante Peyton touched on what needed to be worked on going into the Michigan Tech game.
“One of the changes we saw from the Clark University game from watching film this past week was the amount of shots we took from the arc and the minimum amount of post presence we had, whether that’s getting to the paint or making plays in the paint or just scoring in the lane itself,” Peyton said. “That’s something we want to carry over and build on if we want to be able to expand our post presence to complement our three-point shooting.”
Sophomore guard, Luke Martens went five for five within the arc while still going one for two from downtown.
In the 62-59 win, Winona State pulled away with a nine-point lead going into the second half.
Michigan Tech started their campaign back outscoring the Warriors 36-30 in the second half, but it was not enough.
Trading buckets in the final few minutes of the game, Winona was down by two with 37 seconds when junior forward Kevion Taylor hit the game winning a three-pointer.
Taylor ended the game with 15 points, going five for 10 from beyond the arc.
Winona State had season highs in field-goal percentage (40 percent) and three-point percentage (43) in their victory against Michigan Tech.
Senior guard Caleb Wagner expressed how defense is a main priority for the team and a major key to the team bouncing back.
“Coaches are emphasizing being more competitive, especially on the defensive end,” Wagner said. “Last year we definitely weren’t as good as we should have been on the defensive end, but we are striving to improve.”
Within the win, the Warriors forced eight turnovers that boosted them to their victory, but they also committed 15 on the offensive side.
Winona State tackles their third game in the four-game homestand next Saturday, November 23, at 3 p.m. against Bethany Lutheran College.