WSC Men Down Grace University
Posted: 31 December, 2012
WAYNE - Senior guard Amry Shelby moved into eighth place on the all-time scoring list at Wayne State College by scoring a team-high 14 points as Wayne State College resumed play from the holiday break with a 72-52 non-conference men’s basketball win over Grace University Monday afternoon at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The Wildcats are now 7-4 with the win while the visiting Royals drop to 6-10 on the season.
Both teams struggled early in the game coming off the holiday break. After Grace scored the first two points of the game on a pair of Hakeem Stewart free throws, WSC reeled off 13 straight points and took a 13-2 lead at the 11:10 mark on a jumper by Shelby. Grace got as close as nine points at 19-10 with 4:30 to go in the half on a JJ Hartung 3-pointer, but WSC closed the half strong and took a 28-15 lead at intermission.
The Wildcats opened the second half by scoring the first nine points and took a 37-15 lead on a Ryan Rolfzen layup at the 18:16 mark. WSC took their biggest lead of the game at 27 points, 62-35 with 6:25 remaining, on a Ayron Worthington three point play and the Wildcats emptied the bench and played reserves the rest of the way in sealing the 72-52 win.
Shelby led WSC with 14 points and went from 11th to eighth on the WSC all-time scoring list. The Marion, Iowa native now has 1,369 points and passed Dean Elofson (1,358 points from 1966-70), Todd Klostermann (1,365 points from 2000-05) and Craig Philipp (1,368 points from 1994-98) to move into the top 10 all-time in Wildcat scoring.
Senior forward Derrell Williams also reached double figures for WSC with 12 points. The Wildcats finished the game making 29 of 54 shots for 53.7 percent, making 5 of 15 three pointers and 9 of 13 at the charity stripe.
Hakeem Stewart scored a game-high 25 points to lead Grace University while Spencer Plank also reached double figures with 11. The Royals were 15 of 38 from the field for 39.5 percent, making 7 of 15 three pointers along with 15 for 21 at the charity stripe.
WSC held a 30-25 edge in rebounding over Grace as Patrick Kurth grabbed a game-high eight rebounds for the Wildcats while Levi Entz had seven rebounds to lead Grace. The Wildcats had just 10 turnovers in the game to 18 for Grace.
Wayne State resumes Northern Sun Conference play on Friday hosting Concordia-St. Paul in an 8 p.m. contest followed by a Saturday evening 6 p.m. game vs. #21 Minnesota State.