Wildcat Men's Basketball Goes 2-0 Over The Weekend
Posted: 12 November, 2012
WAYNE - The Wildcats men’s basketball team has started the season going 2-0 with their second win in as many days at the Southwest Baptist Tip-Off Classic. Wayne State defeated Lincoln (Mo.) 77-61 in a game that featured four ties and three lead changes. WSC is now 2-0 on the young season while Lincoln falls to 0-2.
The Blue Tigers got on the score board first and got out to an early 6-2 lead over WSC before the ‘Cats rattled off five in a row to knot things up at 7-7. Wayne State would then gradually build up to their biggest lead of the first half when Ty Bauschek drilled a three pointer to give WSC a 14 point advantage at 30-16 with 6:32 remaining in the first half. Lincoln would respond with a 14-2 run to end the first half however as the Wildcats took a 32-30 lead into the locker room.
Lincoln would continue their run to start the second half and took a one point lead at the 15:44 mark in the second half when Sean Harris converted a three point play to give the Blue Tigers a one point lead at 36-35. From that point on it was all Wayne State when Amry Shelby gave the Wildcats the lead for good on a three pointer to make the score 38-36. The game was tightly contested until Shelby hit another three with just under 12 minutes remaining in regulation to bolster the WSC lead to 10 points 50-40. As Wayne State continued to build on their lead, Shelby scored seven straight points for the ‘Cats, one three pointer and four free throws, to give Wayne State a 20 point lead at 75-55 with 1:46 remaining in the second half. WSC then converted free throws the rest of the way out to preserve a 77-61 victory over the Blue Tigers.
The Wildcats shot 25-46 (54.3%) from the field, 8-15 (53.3%) from long range and 19-29 (65.5%) from the free throw line while Lincoln went 22-50 (44.0%) from the field, 5-13 (38.5%) from behind the arc and 12-19 (63.2%) from the charity stripe. Wayne State held advantages in rebounds (29-28), assists (11-10), steals (6-4) and blocks (2-1).
Wayne State was led by guard Amry Shelby who poured in a game-high 36 points on 12-17 shooting while Ayron Worthington was also in double-digits with 12 points. Ryan Rolfzen led the ‘Cats in rebounds with seven and steals with three while Derrell Williams was the team leader in assists with three.
Lincoln had three players scored in double-figures as Sean Harris and Shakir Preson each had 14 points and Charles Cole netted 12.
The Wildcats have their home opener this week as Nebraska-Kearney comes to Rice Auditorium on Thursday with tipoff set for 7:00 p.m.