Wayne State Men Win Big Over UNK
Posted: 16 November, 2012
WAYNE - Senior guard Amry Shelby scored a game-high 24 points and Wayne State pulled away late in the second half to record a 78-59 non-conference men’s college basketball win over Nebraska-Kearney Thursday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The host Wildcats move to 3-0 on the young season while dropping UNK, playing its fourth road game in five nights to open the season, to 1-3.
The first half was close with two ties and seven lead changes. WSC built several leads of five points and led 20-15 following a Derrell Williams layup with 9:30 to play in the first half. UNK then scored eight of the next 10 points and took a 23-22 lead on a Mike Dentlinger jumper at the 6:45 mark. WSC still trailed 28-27 with 5:01 to play in the first half, but closed the half strong on an 11-3 run, fueled on six straight points by Shelby to end the half, giving the Wildcats a 37-30 lead at intermission.
WSC scored the first basket of the second half on a layup by Derrell Williams to make the score 39-30, then UNK pulled within four at 43-39 with 15:35 to play on a Pierre Newton layin. WSC then scored the next seven points and took their first double digit lead of the night at 50-39 on Shelby’s three pointer at the 12:52 mark. The Lopers got as close as eight points several times, but with WSC put the game out of reach with a 10-0 run down the stretch to seal the win. UNK got within eight at 64-56 on a Newton three pointer with 6:02 to play, but WSC scored 10 straight points to take a commanding 74-56 lead and the Wildcats went on to the 78-59 win.
Shelby led all scorers with 24 points for WSC, going 7 of 14 from the field and a perfect 8 of 8 at the charity stripe to go along with five assists and three steals. Senior forward Derrell Williams added 18 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season while also recording five assists and three steals. Sophomore forward Jordan Holdsworth also reached double figures with 12 points.
WSC shot 29 of 54 from the field for 53.7 percent, making 7 of 19 three pointers. The ‘Cats were a perfect 13 for 13 at the free throw line. The ‘Cats out-rebounded UNK 28-25 and had just eight turnovers in the game.
Nebraska-Kearney’s top scorer was Jon Henderson with 15 points followed by Tyler Shields with 12 and Pierre Newton 11. Henderson and Mike Dentlinger each hauled in six rebounds for the Lopers. UNK made 20 of 49 shots from the floor for 40.8 percent including 5 of 13 behind the three point line and 14 of 17 at the free throw stripe.
Wayne State returns to action on Saturday, November 24th when the Wildcats host Peru State College in a 6 p.m. contest at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.