Wildcat Men Fall Late To St. Cloud State
Posted: 02 February, 2013
WAYNE - With the score tied at 66 and nine seconds remaining in regulation, St. Cloud State’s Damarius Cruz drilled a three pointer to give the Huskies a 69-66 advantage. Ty Bauschek missed a three pointer on the other end with two seconds left in the game and Theo Rothstein converted one of two free throws to give SCSU the 70-66 victory over the Wildcats. Wayne State now drops to 12-9 overall this season and 6-9 in the NSIC while the Huskies improve to 16-3 overall and 12-3 in league play.
St. Cloud State started the game on an early 6-0 run before the Wildcats went on an 8-4 run capped by a Derrell Williams layup to pull Wayne State within two at 10-8. Over the next 10 minutes, the Huskies would slowly build to an 11 point lead when Jordan Poydras made a free throw to put SCSU up 26-15 with 8:13 remaining in the first half. WSC would then chip away at that lead and get it down to a three point deficit with 1:23 remaining before intermission when Amry Shelby hit a jumper as Wayne State trailed 32-29. SCSU would then add two free throw before halftime to take a 34-29 lead into the locker room.
The two teams battled back and forth for the first nine minutes of the second half before the ‘Cats took their first lead of the game when Adol Aluong hit a driving layup to give Wayne State a 45-44 advantage with 10:55 remaining in the game. St. Cloud State wasted little time recapturing the lead when Chris Larson converted two free throws on the next possession to give the Huskies the lead back at 46-45. SCSU proceeded to go on a 12-2 run and held a 58-47 edge with 6:34 remaining in the game when Cruz hit one of two free throws. The Wildcats would claw their way back from the deficit and knot the game up at 66-66 with 42 seconds remaining in regulation with a Derrell Williams layup. The two teams then exchanged turnovers before Cruz put the nail in the coffin with a three pointer with nine seconds remaining and led the Huskies to the 70-66 win.
The Wildcats outshot the Huskies 53.3 percent (24-45) to 41.7 percent (20-48) and had the edge in rebounding 28-24 while SCSU held advantages in three pointes (6-2), free throws (24-16) and steals 9-7.
Amry Shelby had a game-high 21 points and Derrell Williams was also in double-figures for Wayne State with 17 points. Adol Aluong led the team in rebounds with six while sharing the lead in assists with LaTroy Wright as both players notched four.
Three players scored in double-digits for St. Cloud State as Theo Rothstein and Damarius Cruz each netted 16 points and Shaun Jensen chipped in 12.
Wayne State will be in action again Saturday evening as the Wildcats host Minnesota Duluth in a 6 p.m. Northern Sun Conference game at Rice Auditorium.