WSC Men 5-0 For First Time Since 1967-68
Posted: 28 November, 2012
WAYNE - Wayne State College shot over 50 percent for the fifth straight game and four players reached double figures as the Wildcats outran York College 86-71 in non-conference men’s college basketball played Tuesday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The Wildcats are off to a 5-0 start for the first time since the 1967-68 season with the win while the visiting Panthers drop to 9-3.
The first half was a shootout as WSC held a 52-45 lead at intermission against York College, who entered the game averaging 93.4 points a contest. The first half featured one tie and five lead changes as York jumped out to an early 10-5 advantage. WSC then scored nine of the next 11 points and grabbed its first lead of the night at 11-10 on a LaTroy Wright layup. York regained the lead momentarily at 15-14 on a Thadd Varmall 3-pointer, but it would be the final lead of the night for the Panthers.
The first half remained close until the Wildcats built a double-digit lead late in the first half at 46-36 on a jumper by Amry Shelby with 2:38 to play before halftime. The Panthers pulled within four at 47-43 on a Marcus Johnson layup with 1:10 to play in the half, but WSC finished the half with a Ryan Rolfzen 3-pointer and a layin by Derrell Williams to take a 52-45 lead at halftime.
WSC opened the second half strong, scoring the first six points to take a 58-45 lead on a tip-in by Ayron Worthington at the 17:58 mark. York College kept the game in single digits and was within six at 67-61 with 8:35 to play, then the Wildcats went on a 9-4 run and took a double digit lead for good on back-to-back three pointers from Jordan Holdsworth, giving WSC a 76-65 lead with 6:04 to play. The Wildcats maintained a double digit lead the rest of the game and posted the 86-71 win.
Senior forward Derrell Williams led a balanced Wildcat attack by recording 21 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Senior guard Amry Shelby was right behind with 20 points followed by LaTroy Wright’s 15 points and Ryan Rolfzen added 11.
The Wildcats made 32 of 63 shots for 50.8 percent including 8 of 17 behind the three point line and 14 of 19 at the free throw stripe.
For York College, senior forward Thadd Varmall scored a game-high 24 points with Marcus Johnson adding 14. The Panthers shot 44.3 percent from the field on 27 of 61 and made 6 of 19 from the three point line to go with 11 of 14 at the charity stripe.
York College out-rebounded the Wildcats 38-33 thanks to eight rebounds from Varmall while Williams hauled in 10 caroms for the Wildcats. WSC had just seven turnovers in the game to 13 for York College. LaTroy Wright handed out six assists for WSC followed by Ty Bauschek with five.
Wayne State opens Northern Sun Conference play this Saturday on the road visiting travel partner Augustana College in a 6 p.m. contest at the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.