Wildcat Men Use Hot Shooting To Down Crookston
Posted: 12 January, 2013
CROOKSTON, Minn. - Wayne State College shot a season-high 57.9 percent from the three point line by matching a season-high with 11 long balls as the Wildcats led from start to finish in a 66-41 Northern Sun Conference men's basketball win at Minnesota, Crookston. The Wildcats improve to 9-5 on the season and 3-5 in the NSIC while the host Golden Eagles drop to 3-9 and 0-8 in league play.
The 'Cats got off to a quick start, making their first five shots from the floor and seven of their first eight in taking the lead immediately. Junior guard Ty Bauschek scored six of Wayne State's first eight points on a pair of 3-pointers putting WSC in front 8-2 early on.
Then, junior forward Ryan Rolfzen got hot, scoring eight straight points, including back-to-back 3-pointers, as WSC took their first double digit lead at 16-6 with 13:45 to play in the first half. Bauschek canned a 3-pointer at the 8:24 mark to give WSC their biggest lead of the first half at 16 points, 26-10. WSC finished the first half with a 32-20 lead at halftime, shooting a sizzling 63.2 percent from the floor making 12 of 19 shots including 6 for 9 behind the three point line.
Wayne State maintained their double digit lead early in the second half despite not making a basket for nearly eight minutes as the Wildcats started the half making of eight of 10 free throws until the offense got untracked.
Minnesota, Crookston did pull within nine points at 36-27 on a 3-pointer by Abdou Niang with 14:56 to play. The first basket by WSC in the second half was a Jordan Holdsworth trey with 12:11 to play and that sparked a 16-0 run by the Wildcats over a span of 6:34 as WSC took a 52-27 lead on Adol Aluong's 3-pointer with 8:35 remaining and the Wildcats cruised the rest of the way in recording the 66-41 win over Minnesota, Crookston.
Rolfzen paced the Wildcats in scoring with 18 points, going 6 for 10 from the field and 5 of 9 behind the three point line. Senior forward Derrell Williams also reached double figures for the Wildcats with 10 points.
WSC matched a season-high by shooting 54.3 percent from the field making 19 of 35 shots. The 'Cats were a sizzling 11 for 19 (57.9%) behind the three point line and 17 for 26 at the charity stripe.
Minnesota, Crookston's top scorer was Mike Paulson with eight points. The Golden Eagles made 15 of 34 shots for 44.1 percent, going 2 for 8 behind the three point line and 9 of 11 at the free throw line.
WSC held a slim 21-20 edge in rebounding over UMC as Amry Shelby grabbed a team-high six rebounds for Wayne State while Mike Paulson had four rebounds to lead the Golden Eagles. WSC was charged with 13 turnovers in the game while UMC had 20. Shelby handed out a team-high four assists for WSC and had two steals.
The Wildcats will conclude their NSIC road trip Saturday evening with a 6 p.m. game at Bemidji State.