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Wildcat Men Fall At Home To Mavericks

Posted: 07 January, 2013

WAYNE - Four players scored in double figures to lead #21 Minnesota State in a 66-54 Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball win Saturday evening over Wayne State at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.  The Mavericks shot 52 percent for the game while improving to 10-1 overall and 6-1 in the NSIC while the host Wildcats drop to 8-5 and 2-5 in league play.
With the exception of two early ties, Minnesota State led all the way.  Junior forward Ryan Rolfzen made a pair of layups for the ‘Cats early to tie the score at 4-4, then the Mavericks scored nine of the next 11 points to take a 15-6 lead with 12:43 to play in the first half.  MSU took a pair of 10 point leads at 18-8 and 20-10, but WSC scored the next five points to pull within five at 20-15 on an Ayron Worthington free throw with 5:56 to play in the half.

The Mavericks then reeled off the next 12 points, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers by Gage Wooten, giving Minnesota State a commanding 32-15 lead before finishing the first half with a 32-21 halftime advantage.
Minnesota State put the game out of reach early in the second half, scoring 10 of the first 11 points to go up 42-22 with 16:15 to go in the game.  The Mavericks maintained a 20 point lead throughout much of the second half until the final four minutes when WSC got the game down to 12 with the final score being 66-54.

Ryan Rolfzen and Amry Shelby led Wayne State in scoring with 10 points each.  The Wildcats were held to 32.7 percent shooting for the game, making 16 of 49 shots.  WSC was 3 of 16 from the three point arch and 19 of 23 at the free throw line.

Connor O’Brien, Assem Marei and Zach Romashko each scored 13 points to lead a balanced Minnesota State effort while Gage Wooten also reached double digits with 11.  The Mavericks ended the game making 22 of 42 shots for 52.4 percent, going 3 of 7 from the three point line and 19 for 25 at the free throw stripe.

Minnesota State held a sizeable 35-23 advantage in rebounding over the Wildcats as O’Brien grabbed nine boards to lead the Mavericks while LaTroy Wright hauled in five boards to lead the ‘Cats on the glass.  MSU had 19 turnovers in the game to 15 by the Wildcats.

Wayne State will be on the road next weekend, visiting Minnesota, Crookston Friday evening (8 p.m.) and Bemidji State Saturday evening (6 p.m.) in Northern Sun Conference action.



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