KENOSHA, Wis. – The Winona State University men’s basketball team continues the Warrior road show to start the 2022-23 season, as WSU will take on the University of Wisconsin Parkside and Purdue University Northwest in the UWP Hairbo Invitational on Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov 19. The Warriors will tip off at 7 pm against the host Rangers on Friday and play at 5 pm against the Pride on Saturday.
Winona State sits at 2-0 to start the season, claiming a pair of victories last weekend at the Central Region Challenge in Kansas City, Mo. hosted by Pittsburg State University.
GAME & FAN INFORMATION
- Live stats & stream for both games are available at the links above and on the WSU Basketball schedule page.
- Both contests will take place in De Simone Arena on the campus of Wisconsin Parkside
WINONA STATE STORYLINES
- WSU is 2-0 on the year, with wins over Pittsburg State (60-50) and Missouri Southern (73-68).
- Winona State went 2-0 to start the 2021-22 season as well.
- Both of WSU’s opponents in Kenosha are unbeaten teams.
- Winona State’s contests against Wisconsin Parkside and Purdue Northwest will be the first meeting between the two teams.
- Luke Martens was named the WSU Player to Watch in the 2022-23 NSIC Coaches’ Poll and season preview.
- The Warriors were selected 10th overall and seventh in the NSIC South by coaches around the league.
- So far on the year, WSU is led in scoring by Connor Dillon, averaging 20.5 points per game.
- Connor Drew and Luke Martens are both averaging in double digits in scoring at 12.5 and 11.0 points per game, respectively.
- Declan Dillon has handed out eight assists so far in 2022-23 and leads the team in steals with three.
- Connor Dillon is 6-for-16 from behind the arc, heading into the games this weekend.
- Head coach Todd Eisner has earned a record of 518-251 (.674) over 25 seasons.
Wisconsin Parkside STORYLINES
- UWP is 2-0 on the season.
- The Rangers swept the Nexus Classic tournament last weekend, also a home event.
- UWP beat Kentucky Wesleyan 73-59 and Ashland University 74-66.
- The Rangers’ top scorer is Rasheed Bello, averaging 19.5 points per game.
- The top rebounder for Wisconsin Parkside is Colin O’Rourke, averaging 8.5 boards an outing.
- The Rangers have just one senior, Tyler Carney.
- Wisconsin Parkside has 14 players who are either sophomores or freshman on their roster.
- Luke Reigel is in his 19th year at Wisconsin Parkside
Purdue Northwest STORYLINES
- Purdue Northwest is 3-0 on the season.
- The Pride are led in scoring by Mikell Cooper at 16.3 points per game.
- Purdue Northwest’s top rebounder is Anthony Barnard, grabbing 6.3 boards per game.
- The Pride are led in blocked shots by Alou Dillon, with six on the season so far.
- In the GLIAC preseason poll, the Pride were selected 10th overall.
- Boomer Roberts is in his fifth year at Purdue Northwest.
- Winona State has won two NCAA Division II championships, in 2006 and 2008.
- Head coach Todd Eisner reached the 500 win mark on Feb. 13, 2021 in a 77-58 victory over Concordia, St. Paul.
- Winona State has never played either Wisconsin Parkside or Purdue Northwest.
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About Winona State University Athletics:
The Winona State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, as an integral part of the educational mission of the institution, is committed to offering opportunities to experience academic and athletic excellence for our student-athletes through two simple words: Graduate champions.
Fourteen Warrior programs compete at the NCAA Division II level within the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Winona State University competes as an affiliate member of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in the sport of women’s gymnastics.