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WSC Men Fall On Road To Winona State

Posted: 17 December, 2012

WINONA, Minn. - Despite 19 points off the bench from junior forward Ryan Rolfzen, Wayne State College fell at Winona State 74-60 Saturday evening in Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball played at McCown Gymnasium in Winona, Minnesota. The host Warriors improve to 9-3 on the season and 3-2 in the NSIC while Wayne State drops to 6-4 and 1-4 in league play.
            The host Warriors opened the game with a 6-0 lead early, then WSC came back and scored the next nine points and took a 9-6 lead on a LaTroy Wright layup with 14:20 to play in the half.  Wayne State’s final lead came on a pair of Amry Shelby free throws at the 11:17 mark to give the ‘Cats a 13-12 lead.  Winona State then went on a 13-0 run over the next 5:21 and took their first double digit lead at 25-13 with 5:56 to play in the half.
            Wayne State got within eight at 29-21 on a Shelby jumper with 3:14 to go in the half, but the Warriors put together another run and scored the next eight points for a 37-21 lead with Wayne State’s Ryan Rolfzen draining a 3-pointer right before the halftime buzzer to make the score 37-24 at intermission.
            Winona State maintained a double digit lead the entire second half and took their biggest lead at 22 points at 57-35 with 10:06 remaining.  The Warriors still led by 20, 61-41 with 7:34 to play, but WSC made a quick rally as Rolfzen hit back-to-back three pointers followed by another trey from Shelby and WSC pulled within 11 at 61-50 with 6:13 to play. The Wildcats got within 11 points two more times before Winona State finished with the 74-60 win.
             Ryan Rolfzen paced Wayne State in scoring with his 19 points off the bench, going 7 of 12 from the field and 5 for 9 behind the three point line.  Senior guard Amry Shelby also reached double figures with 14 points.  WSC was 21 of 56 from the floor for 37.5 percent and hit a season-high 11 three pointers on 25 attempts for 44 percent.  The ‘Cats were 7 for 8 (87.5%) at the charity stripe.
            Winona State was led by senior center Clayton Vette with 26 points and 10 rebounds, going 9 for 11 from the field and 7 of 8 at the charity stripe.  Taylor Cameron scored 13 points with Kellen Taylor and Caleb Palkert also reaching double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively. 
            The Warriors shot 51.9 percent from the field making 27 of 52 shots.  WSU was just 5 of 19 from the three point line and 15 for 19 at the free throw stripe.
            Winona State held a sizeable advantage in rebounding over WSC 39-24 thanks to 10 caroms from Vette while Wayne State’s top rebounder was Derrell Williams with six.  Both teams had just 10 turnovers in the game. 
The Wildcats are off until Monday, December 31st when Grace University visits Wayne State in a 1:30 p.m. non-conference game on New Year’s Eve at Rice Auditorium.



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