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Wildcat Men Rally From 20 Down To Beat MSU Moorhead

Posted: 10 February, 2013

WAYNE - Wayne State College rallied from a 66-46 deficit with 7:40 remaining and recorded a shocking road win in the NSIC for the second straight night as the Wildcats won 73-70 at MSU Moorhead Saturday evening in Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball played in Alex Nemzek Hall in Moorhead, Minnesota.  The Wildcats came back from a 58-40 margin at Northern State Friday evening for a 70-67 win on a Ryan Rolfzen 3-pointer at the buzzer.  Wayne State is now 15-9 on the season and now 9-9 in league play while the Dragons drop to 16-8 and 10-8 in the NSIC.
WSC and MSUM exchanged two ties and three lead changes early in the game until the host Dragons used a big scoring run to take a double digit lead.  The ‘Cats opened with a 5-0 lead and led 10-9 on an Adol Aluong trey with 15:44 to play.

It would be Wayne State’s final lead until late in the game as MSU Moorhead went on a 17-3 run over the next 5:26 to take a 26-13 lead at the 10:18 mark of the half.  The Dragons maintained a double digit lead the remainder of the half, leading by as many as 16, before finishing the half with a 40-26 lead.

MSU Moorhead continued their solid play early in the second half and built a pair of 22 point leads with the final one coming at 59-37 with 13:20 remaining.  The Dragons still held a 20 point advantage at 66-46 with 7:40 left when the Wildcats began their comeback.

WSC scored the next 10 points, six straight by Derrell Williams followed by baskets from Ty Bauschek and Amry Shelby, to cut the Dragon lead to 66-56 with 3:18 to go.  After a MSU Moorhead basket by Eric Olson made the score 68-56, Wayne State scored 10 straight points again, highlighted by back-to-back 3’s from Shelby, and the ‘Cats trailed by just two at 68-66 following Shelby’s second trey with 1:50 to play.

MSU Moorhead’s Jordan Riewer scored on a layup with 1:22 to go to give the Dragons a 70-66 lead, but it would be the last time the Dragons scored.  A Williams layup made the score 70-68 and the ‘Cats full-court press forced an Anthony Tucker turnover that led to another Shelby 3-pointer giving WSC a 71-70 lead with 1:02 left. 

On the next possession, MSU Moorhead’s Tyler Vaughan was fouled and missed the front end of a one-and-one.  Wayne State then got a 10-foot leaner in the lane by Shelby with 16 seconds remaining to put the ‘Cats ahead three at 73-70.  MSU Moorhead had a chance to tie the game but a 3-pointer by Vaughan was short and Alex Novak got the rebound but his put-back was no good in the lane as Wayne State concluded their second straight massive comeback in as many nights.

Shelby scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to lead Wayne State in scoring.  The senior guard from Marion, Iowa now has 1,488 points in his Wildcat career and needs just five points to move past Dean deBuhr, 1,492 points from 1962-66, for fifth place on the all-time Wayne State scoring list.  Derrell Williams added 14 points while Ty Bauschek produced 10 of his 11 points in the second half off the bench. 

Wayne State shot a sizzling 69.2 percent (18 of 26) in the second half and finished the game making 29 of 54 shots for 53.7 percent.  The ‘Cats were 8 of 18 from the three point line and 7 for 10 at the charity stripe.

Alex Novak paced MSU Moorhead with a double-double, recording 16 points and 13 rebounds.  Anthony Tucker contributed 14 points with Eric Olson adding 10.  The Dragons were 29 for 59 from the field for 49.2 percent, going 8 for 24 from three point range and just 4 for 6 at the free throw line.

MSU Moorhead held a sizeable 39-19 advantage in rebounding over the Wildcats with Novak hauling in 13 boards for the Dragons while Williams had seven rebounds for WSC.  The ‘Cats had just four turnovers in the game compared to 14 on MSU Moorhead.  Shelby and Adol Aluong each had four assists for Wayne State. 

Wayne State will be on the road again next weekend, visiting Southwest Minnesota State Friday evening at 8 p.m. followed by a Saturday evening 6 p.m. contest at the University of Sioux Falls.

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