Shelby's 32 Points Power Wildcat Men Past Sioux Falls
Posted: 17 February, 2013
WAYNE - Senior guard Amry Shelby scored 23 of his game-high 32 points in the second half as Wayne State College pulled away for a 77-57 Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball win at the University of Sioux Falls in the Stewart Center. The Wildcats are now 16-10 on the season and 10-10 in league play while the host Cougars fall to 11-13 and 7-13 in the NSIC.
The Wildcats got off to a quick start, taking a 9-2 lead at the 15:41 mark following an Ayron Worthington layup. USF then reeled off nine straight points and took an 11-9 lead on a Robert Goffney 3-point play with 13:17 to go before halftime. The Cougars built a pair of five point leads, 16-11 and 22-17, before WSC closed the half strong to take a four point lead at intermission.
With USF leading 22-17 with 6:14 to play, WSC scored the next seven points on a Derrell Williams jumper, a Ryan Rolfzen 3-pointer and an Amry Shelby jumper at the 3:52 mark gave WSC the lead back at 24-22. The ‘Cats closed the half with 3-pointers by Shelby and Rolfzen and a Williams layup to give WSC a 32-28 lead at intermission.
WSC started the second half strong, scoring six of the first seven points to take a 38-29 lead. The Cougars came back and pulled within three at 45-42 on a James Rader layup with 14:11 to go in the game. The Wildcats answered with back-to-back 3’s by Ty Bauschek and LaTroy Wright to push the WSC advantage back to nine at 51-42. USF got as close as six at 51-45 before the Wildcats put together a decisive scoring run midway through the half to put the game out of reach.
The Wildcats held the Cougars scoreless for a stretch of 5:18, scoring 10 straight points to take control of the game. Shelby scored seven straight points on a jumper, 3-pointer and a pair of free throws followed by another Bauschek trey to put WSC in front 61-45 with 9:03 to play. The Cougars never got closer than 13 points the rest of the way as the Wildcats pulled away for the win.
Shelby led Wayne State in scoring with his 32 points, 23 coming the second half. The 5-11 senior guard was 10 of 17 from the field and 10 of 11 at the free throw line to account for his 32 points. He also handed out a team-high six assists. Junior backup guard Ty Bauschek added 14 points with four 3-pointers while junior reserve forward Ryan Rolfzen contributed 11 points for the Wildcats.
WSC made 26 of 51 shots from the field for 51 percent, matching a season-high with 11 3-pointers while going 11 for 23 behind the arc for 47.8 percent. The ‘Cats were also 14 for 15 at the charity stripe for 93 percent.
A.J. Holland led Sioux Falls with 14 points followed by James Rader with 13 and Robert Goffney 11. The Cougars shot 45.8 percent from the field making 22 of 48 shots, going 4 of 15 from three point range and 9 for 14 at the foul line.
Sioux Falls had a slim 27-26 edge in rebounding over the Wildcats as Rader grabbed eight rebounds for the Cougars while Derrell Williams hauled in a game-high 10 caroms for Wayne State. WSC had just eight turnovers while handing out 16 assists with Shelby credited with six assists followed by Adol Aluong with five.
Wayne State will be at home next weekend to close out the regular season hosting #15 Winona State Friday evening at 8 p.m. and Upper Iowa Saturday at 6 p.m. in Northern Sun Conference games at Rice Auditorium.