West Liberty Runs Past Winona State in Elite Eight
The Winona State men’s basketball team lost in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight Thursday falling to number one ranked West Liberty 110-84. The Warriors trailed by nine at halftime 50-41 but were outscored 60-43 in the second half.
Winona State turned it over 21 times against the West Liberty full court press and the Hilltoppers had 32 points off of those turnovers. Winona State stayed in the game in the first half by shooting 59% from the field but they hit just 38% from the field in the second half. West Liberty shot 51% for the game and hit 11 three-pointers.
National player of the year Clayton Vette had 14 points but just two after halftime. Vette scored 697 points this season, the second most in school history behind Carter Glad. Taylor Cameron led Winona State with 18 points but he played only 23 minutes because of foul trouble.
Winona State wraps up the season 27-8 and they lose five seniors this year including starters Clayton Vette, Xavier Humphrey, Grant Johnson and Caleb Palkert. Zander Culver was also a key player off the bench for Winona State.