Winona State defeats St. Cloud State
Warriors shoot 55 percent from field, defeat No. 20 Huskies
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Four players scored in double figures and the Warriors shot 55 percent from the field as No. 4 Winona State earned an 84-74 victory against No. 20 St. Cloud State.
Winona State erased a three-point halftime deficit with a 17-4 run in the first five minutes of the second half. The win moves the Warriors to 20-2 overall on the season and 15-1 in NSIC play. This is the eighth consecutive year Winona State has won at least 20 games.
Clayton Vette and Taylor Cameron led the Warriors with 21 points each. Vette was 9-of-11 from the floor while Cameron added six rebounds and seven assists. Xavier Humphrey added 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting while hitting three 3-pointers.
Jon Walburg came off the bench to score 14 points and grab four boards.
Both teams shot the ball well in the first half, combining to shoot 48 percent from the floor. Walburg scored 10 points in the opening half while Vette added nine as St. Cloud State held a 37-34 advantage after the first 20 minutes.
St. Cloud State made the game interesting late, getting to within four with 3:57 remaining but the Warriors made five free throws in the game's final minute to put away the victory.
The victory also gives Winona State a three-game lead with six games to play ahead of the second place Huskies in the NSIC standings.