Winona State men’s basketball drops home opener

A big second half comeback fell just short for Winona State men’s basketball Wednesday night, as they fell 73-70 to Clarke University.

The Warriors shot just 28 percent in the first half and trailed 37-24 at halftime. Clarke generated 20 of their 37 points in the paint.

Kevion Taylor led a second half comeback effort that ended up falling just short, scoring 22 of his team-high 27 points in the second half.

The Warriors are now 0-3 overall.

Kevion Taylor scored 22 of his team-high 27 points in the second half

Kevion Taylor scored 22 of his team-leading 27 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome another poor shooting performance in the first half that saw WSU trail at the break, 37-24.

Wednesday night’s script was all too familiar for the Warriors early this season, as the home team shot just 28 percent in the opening frame. Winona State’s struggles continued from the arc in a 4-for-20 effort over the first 20 minutes of action that saw the Pride lead from the opening tip. The Warriors knocked down just one of their first 11 attempts from downtown to begin the affair.

Clarke shot 44 percent from the field in the first half, but also had its share of struggles from three-point range (4-15).

The Warriors’ double-digit halftime deficit was exacerbated by the Pride’s ability to penetrate the lane with 20 points in the paint, compared to just 10 by Winona State.

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