AUSTIN, Texas -– Nick Haynes scored a game-high 28 points to lead Concordia (Texas) to a 96-82 victory against No. 5 Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
With the win, the Tornados continued their best start in school history as they improved to 8-2.
Concordia, which has won six games in a row, dominated the contest after the opening tip by scoring the first seven points. Larry Durand and Josh Sanchez each made a shot from beyond the arc during the stretch. Wisconsin-Stevens Point, however, came back and took its first lead 17-16 when Trevor Hass made a layup at the 10:54 mark.
A seesaw battle ensued with the teams exchanging the lead six times before the break. Trailing 32-31, the Tornados embarked on a 17-6 run during the late stages of the first half to go ahead by double figures again before UW-Stevens Points went on a run of its own to make it a four-point game at the break.
The teams played the second half close, as there were five ties and two more lead changes before the end of regulation. But it was Concordia that took the lead for good when Haynes made a layup to break a deadlock at 73 with 5:25 on the clock that started a 14-4 run. A Jared Galvan layup after a Haynes 3-pointer made it 94-79, putting the game out of reach for the Pointers. Haynes then made two free throws with 34 seconds left to seal the final outcome.
Haynes shot 60 percent from the field and 67 percent from long range to pace Concordia. Dwayne Patterson contributed a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Terry Corprew had 11 points and four assists.
Wisconsin-Stevens Point (10-2), which has won three national championships under the direction of head coach Bob Semling, was led by Joe Ritchay’s 20-point effort. Austin Ryf and Jordan Giordana were also among six Pointer players who scored in double figures, netting 14 and 13, respectively. Clayton Hunter fell just shy of a double-double by finishing with 10 points and eight boards.