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WSC Men Rally Late For Win

Posted: 05 January, 2013

WAYNE - Senior guard Amry Shelby scored 11 of his game-high 17 points in the final 4:00 to help Wayne State College rally from a 53-47 deficit with 4:00 to play as the Wildcats recorded a 61-55 Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball win Friday evening over Concordia-St. Paul at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.  The Wildcats are now 8-4 on the season and 2-4 in the NSIC with the win while the visiting Golden Bears drop to 2-8 on the year and 0-6 in league play.
            Neither team held a lead of more than four points for a majority of the first half until WSC made a run late in the half.  The two teams battled through four ties and four lead changes and with the score tied at 19-19 with 6:35 to play in the half, WSC went on a 11-4 run and took their biggest lead of the first half at seven, 30-23, on a Adol Aluong 3-pointer with 2:12 left before halftime. 
            The visiting Golden Bears closed the half strong and used a jumper by Terez VanPelt to trim the Wildcat lead to 30-27 at intermission. 
            The second half played out similar to the first with the game close between the two clubs.  The game’s seventh and final tie came at 39-39 with 11:53 to play following an Isaiah Thomas jumper for Concordia-St. Paul.  The Golden Bears then held the lead until WSC rallied in the final two minutes for the win.
            Concordia-St. Paul took a pair of six point leads with the final one coming at 53-47 following a Demetrius Martin layup with 3:59 remaining.  That’s when Shelby took over the game for the Wildcats.  He made a jumper and 3-pointer to pull WSC within one at 53-52 with 2:45 remaining. 
LaTroy Wright’s steal, layup that turned into a three point play at the 2:17 mark gave WSC the lead for good at 55-53.  Shelby then made back-to-back shots to put WSC in front 59-53 with 43 seconds to play.  After VanPelt’s jumper for CU cut the WSC lead to 59-55 with 30 seconds to go, Shelby sealed the win with two free throws with 14 seconds to play making the final score 61-55.
Shelby led WSC in scoring with his game-high 17 points, including 11 in the final 4:00.  LaTroy Wright also reached double figures with 11.  The Wildcats made 25 of 53 shots from the floor for 47.2 percent.  WSC was 4 for 15 behind the three point line and 7 of 9 at the free throw stripe.
Terez VanPelt was the top scorer for Concordia-St. Paul with 13 points while Nick Mabbutt added 10 points.  The Golden Bears were 22 for 49 shooting (44.9%), making 4 of 13 three pointers and 7 of 9 at the free throw line.
Both teams had 28 rebounds in the game with Concordia’s VanPelt leading all rebounders with seven while Derrell Williams and Wright each hauled in five rebounds for WSC.
CU had 13 turnovers in the game to 10 for the Wildcats.  Ben Galemmo handed out four of Wayne State’s 10 assists in the game while Williams recorded two blocked shots. 
            The Wildcats will be in action again Saturday evening, hosting #21 Minnesota State in a Northern Sun Conference contest beginning at 6 p.m. at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.

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