#18 Winona State Men Hang On Over WSC
Posted: 23 February, 2013
WAYNE - Senior center Clayton Vette scored 31 points to lead #18 Winona State in a 73-64 Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball win over Wayne State College Friday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The host Wildcats drop to 16-11 overall and 10-11 in league play while Winona State is now 23-5 and 17-4 in the NSIC.
Winona State took an early 7-0 lead on the Wildcats in the first 46 seconds of the game. With Winona State leading 11-4, WSC went on a 9-1 run over a span of 3:03 and took their first lead of the game at 13-12 on a LaTroy Wright layup. Wayne State’s final lead of the night came at 15-14 on a tip-in by Ayron Worthington with 12:45 to go in the half. Winona State then scored eight of the next 10 points and took a five point lead at 22-17 on a Clayton Vette layup with 8:08 to go in the half.
After WSC got within two at 22-20, Winona State reeled off a 10-2 run over the next 5:37 and took a 10 point lead at 32-22 before finishing the half with a 32-26 lead.
Winona State took their biggest lead of the game early in the second half at 39-28 with 18:38 to play. The Wildcats then got back into the game with a 14-4 run over the next 5:10 and pulled within one at 43-42 on a Amry Shelby 3-pointer with 13:28 to go in the game.
The Wildcats forced the game’s first tie at 48-48 on a pair of Derrell Williams free throws with 9:08 left. The game was tied again at 51-51 and 53-53 before Winona State took the lead for good on a Taylor Cameron layup with 7:45 remaining. Later, WSC pulled within two at 57-55 on a pair of Wright free throws with 5:38 to play. The Warriors pulled away late, thanks to seven straight points by Clayton Vette, and took a nine point lead at 69-60 and went on to the 73-64 win.
Derrell Williams scored 21 points to lead Wayne State in scoring followed by Amry Shelby with 16 and LaTroy Wright 15. The Wildcats shot 41.8 percent from the field, making 23 of 55 shots including just 3 for 17 from three point range. WSC was 15 of 22 at the charity stripe.
Vette led Winona State and all scorers with 31 points. Taylor Cameron and Xavier Humphrey also reached double figures with 13 and 12 points respectively. The Warriors shot an efficient 53.1 percent from the field on 26 of 49 shooting, going 4 of 11 from three point range and 17 of 27 at the free throw line.
Wayne State won the rebounding battle over Winona State 35-32 as Williams hauled in nine boards for WSC while Vette grabbed seven rebounds to lead Winona State. WSC had 14 turnovers in the game while Winona had 15.
The Wildcats close out the regular season at home Saturday night entertaining Upper Iowa in a 6 p.m. Northern Sun Conference game at Rice Auditorium.