Wildcat Men Fall To Peacocks
Posted: 15 December, 2012
FAYETTE, Iowa - Upper Iowa led from start to finish in recording a 77-56 win over Wayne State College Friday evening in Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball played at Dorman Gymnasium in Fayette, Iowa. The host Peacocks remain unbeaten in league play at 4-0 while moving to 6-2 overall while Wayne State is now 6-3 and 1-3 in the NSIC.
The Wildcats got off to a slow start, not able to make a basket for the first 5:39 as Ayron Worthington made a shot at the 14:21 mark cutting the UIU lead to 5-2. Junior guard LaTroy Wright scored six straight points for the ‘Cats to keep the game close at the midway point of the first half as WSC trailed 16-10. A Ty Bauschek 3-pointer with 5:56 to go before halftime made the score 23-17, but Upper Iowa closed the first half strong and took a 38-26 lead at halftime.
WSC tried to keep the game close early in the second half and got as close as eight points several times, but Upper Iowa put the game out of reach midway through the second half and pulled away for the 77-56 win over the Wildcats.
LaTroy Wright was the lone double digit scorer for Wayne State with 17 points. Wayne State’s leading scorer, Amry Shelby, was held to just two points in the contest after entering this weekend ranked fifth in the NSIC in scoring at 18.9 points a contest. WSC made 19 of 50 shots from the field for 38 percent and was just 4 of 17 from three point range (23%). The Wildcats were 14 of 23 at the foul line.
Sam Elgin led the Peacocks in scoring with 17 points followed by Bo Pagel (14), Jake Hughes (11) and Tucker Wentzien (10). Upper Iowa shot 49 percent from the floor on 26 of 53, but was just 4 of 19 from the three point line. The Peacocks did make 21 of 25 free throws for 84 percent.
Upper Iowa held a commanding 39-27 advantage in rebounding over the Wildcats with Jordan Hay grabbing seven rebounds to lead the Peacocks while Wright, Ryan Rolfzen and Will Nixon each collected four rebounds for the Wildcats. Wright handed out five of Wayne State’s eight assists in the contest and also had two steals while Ryan Rolfzen contributed three steals and two blocks for the ‘Cats.
The Wildcats will conclude their Northern Sun Conference road trip Saturday with a 6 p.m. game at Winona State.