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Shelby's Late Heroics Gives Wildcat Men Win Over Sioux Falls

Posted: 07 December, 2012

WAYNE - Wayne State's Amry Shelby made the go-ahead basket with 14.6 seconds left to give the Wildcats a rugged 55-53 win over Sioux Falls in Northern Sun Conference men's basketball played Friday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.  The Wildcats are now 6-1 overall and 1-1 in the NSIC while the Cougars fall to 4-2 and 0-2 in the NSIC.
            The Wildcats jumped out of the gate early, taking a 7-0 lead in the first 2:40 thanks to a three pointer by Amry Shelby and back to back layups from LaTroy Wright.  But Sioux Falls regrouped and took their first lead at 14-13 on a three point play from A.J. Holland with 11:04 to go in the half.  The two teams then battled evenly the rest of the first half, with the sixth tie of the first half coming at 25-25 as the halftime score.
            Both teams struggled at the start of the second half with neither team scoring for nearly four minutes to open the half.  With the score tied at 29-29 with 14:52 to play, the visiting Cougars went on a 8-1 run over the next 3:08 and took their biggest lead of the game at 37-30.  WSC still trailed 40-34 with 7:57 to play, but tied the score at 43-43 with 5:01 to play on a jumper by Shelby.
            The final five minutes went back and forth.  An A.J. Holland three pointer with 1:39 remained brought the game’s 11th tie at 50-50.  Wayne State’s Ayron Worthington sank a pair of free throws on the next Wildcat possession to put the ‘Cats up 52-50, but Holland drained another trey to put the Cougars in front 53-52 with 40 seconds remaining.  Shelby then drove the lane and made a scoop shot off the glass from the right side with 14.6 seconds to play giving WSC a 54-53 lead. 
            WSC played great defense on the final USF possession, tipping the ball away from A.J. Holland who was then forced to throw up a 35 foot shot that fell short.  Worthington grabbed the rebound and was fouled with nine-tenths of a second left and he made one of two free throws to make the final score 55-53.
            Shelby led Wayne State with 19 points in the contest followed by LaTroy Wright and Derrell Williams with 12 points apiece.  The Wildcats made 17 of 37 shots from the field for 45.9 percent, hitting just 2 of 9 from the three point line.  WSC was 19 of 24 (79%) at the charity stripe.
            A.J. Holland scored a game-high 21 points to lead Sioux Falls while Robert Goffney also reached double figures with 11.  The Cougars made 20 of 41 shots for 48.8 percent, going 6 of 15 behind the three point line and 7 of 8 at the free throw stripe.
            Sioux Falls held a 26-18 edge in rebounding over WSC thanks to five rebounds each from James Rader and David Maxwell while Williams and Wright each hauled in six caroms for the Wildcats.  USF had 21 turnovers to 14 on the Wildcats. 
            The Wildcats will be at home again Saturday evening hosting Southwest Minnesota State in a 6 p.m. Northern Sun Conference at Rice Auditorium. 

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