MANKATO, Minn. – Taylor Cameron scored a career-high 25 points as Winona State advanced to the NCAA Central Region Championship with a 77-65 win against Augustana (S.D.) on Sunday.
The Warriors shot 70 percent (19 of 27) in the opening half to open up a lead that reached 22 points at the break. Cameron and Clayton Vette each scored at least 20 points on the day to help propel the Warriors into the region’s championship game.
Cameron scored his career high on 9 of 12 shooting while draining three shots from behind the 3-point line. He also pulled down six rebounds on the day.
Clayton Vette also reached 20 points on the night, scoring 20 while making six of his nine field goal attempts. Grant Johnson chipped in 19 points and three rebounds to help the Warriors advance to the regional title game.
The Warriors built a lead that reached 22 points by halftime, with three players reaching double figures in the first period.
WSU moved its lead to as many as 24 with 4:48 remaining in the game. The team finished the night shooting 54.9 percent. The Warriors’ defense was also stout, forcing 19 Augustana turnovers.
The victory moved Winona State to 26-7 on the season, the fourth-most wins in a season in program history. The team has also advanced to the fourth regional title game in WSU history after playing in the game in 2006, 2007 and 2008. WSU is now 21-6 all-time in NCAA tournament play under head coach Mike Leaf.