Neither team could find the basket regularly in the first quarter. Paynesville scored only four points, but the Wildcats had only 11. Both teams discovered more offense in the second period, as the Wildcats outscored the Bulldogs 23-18 in that frame.
At halftime, the Wildcats led 34-22. At that point, neither team had hit 50 percent of its free throws. The Bulldogs were seven of 15, and the Wildcats seven of 16.
However, the Wildcats, who are tied for the conference lead in the WCC South, found their offense in the second half, scoring 41 points. The Bulldogs countered with only 28.
The Bulldogs shot three of 14 from the free throw line in the second half, for a total of 39 percent. They shot just above 39 percent from the floor, mostly as a result of shooting four of 15 beyond the three-point arc.
The Bulldogs also committed 25 turnovers.
Of the Bulldogs' 50 points, 37 came from two players. Senior Ryan Wall led the Bulldogs with 21 points, and junior J.T. Koehn added 16 points. The Bulldogs played without their leading scorer, senior Luke Trees, who is out with an injured ankle.
Wall and Koehn also led the team in rebounding with 13 and eight rebounds respectively.
Logan Louis had five assists for the Bulldogs, and Steve Gilk had three steals for Paynesville.
The Bulldogs played at ACGC last night. They will play at Melrose on Friday. Next Tuesday, Feb. 29, they will host their last regular season game against Albany.
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