Winona State tops Minnesota-Duluth
Erickson scores a career-high 29 points to lead the Warriors
WINONA, Minn. -- CJ Erickson scored a career high 29 points and provided an exclamation point to a 20-0 WSU second half run as the No. 17 Winona State posted a 95-82 victory against Minnesota Duluth.
Winona State led by eight at the half and was locked in a physical contest with the visiting Bulldogs. The WSU advantage was three with 17:46 to play in the game when the Warriors began to pull away.
Xavier Humphrey hit a layup to begin the run and scored and was fouled by UMD's Ryan Rasmussen with 15:14 to play to extend the Warrior lead to 58-45. Rasmussen was whistled for a technical foul after the play. Humphrey hit his first two free throws and Erickson nailed a three after the Warriors picked up the offensive board after Humphrey's missed third foul shot.
Erickson was 11-of-13 from the floor and hit a career-best six 3-pointers. He also tied a career high with ten rebounds -- seven of which came on the offensive end -- while also handing out four assists and blocking three shots.
Clayton Vette scored 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting while grabbing seven boards. Humphrey finished the game with 13 points while Grant Johnson and Jon Walburg each added nine. Taylor Cameron handed out a game-high five assists while committing zero turnovers.
Winona State is now 8-1 on the season and 3-0 in the NSIC. The team will hit the road next weekend, traveling to Southwest Minnesota State and Minnesota State.