Late Free Throws Carry Wildcat Men Over Bemidji
Posted: 13 January, 2013
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Ty Bauschek sank two of three free throws with 16 seconds remaining and Wayne State made a great defensive stand by not allowing Bemidji State a shot on the Beavers’ final possession as the Wildcats rallied for a 64-62 win at Bemidji State in Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball played Saturday evening in Bemidji, Minnesota. The win gives Wayne State records of 10-5 overall and 4-5 in the NSIC while dropping Bemidji State to 7-6 and 5-4 in league play.
The Wildcats got off to a slow start, trailing 14-6 in the first five minutes of the game. Still trailing 21-16 with 7:34 to go in the first half, WSC went on a 10-2 run and took their first lead of the game at 26-23 on a Ryan Rolfzen 3-pointer with 5:49 to play before halftime.
Amry Shelby made a pair of free throws to put WSC in front 28-26 with 5:07 remaining in the half, but those were the last points scored by the Wildcats in the first half as Bemidji State finished the first half with a 33-28 lead.
Bemidji State came out on fire to start the second half and used a pair of 3-pointers by Lance Rongstad and another trey from Jason Edwards to give the Beavers a 47-36 lead with 15:19 to play. The Wildcats slowly chipped away at the BSU lead and tied the score at 51-51 on a layup by LaTroy Wright with 9:21 left and took their first lead of the second half on a pair of Derrell Williams free throws at 57-56 with 5:20 to play.
Ty Bauschek’s 3-pointer at the 5:02 mark gave the Wildcats a four point lead at 60-56. But Bemidji State’s Zach Noreen made back-to-back baskets and knotted the score at 60-60 with 2:29 to play. Williams put WSC back in front 62-60 on a jumper with 1:50 to go, but Edwards canned a pair of free throws for the Beavers with 52 seconds left to even the score again at 62-62.
On Wayne State’s next possession, Bauschek was fouled on a 3-point shot and made two of the three free throws with 16 seconds remaining to give WSC a 64-62 lead. Bemidji State tried to set up a play for a final shot, but WSC played great defense on Dermaine Crockrell and Rongstad forcing the Beavers to take a timeout with less than one second remaining. BSU inbounded the ball but could not get off a shot as WSC shut down the Beavers on their final possession and took the 64-62 win from the Beavers.
Senior forward Derrell Williams led a balanced attack for the Wildcats with 16 points followed by LaTroy Wright with 15 and Amry Shelby’s 11 points, all coming in the first half.
Wayne State finished the game shooting 52.2 percent, making 24 of 46 shots. It was the eighth game this season the Wildcats shot 50 percent or better. WSC was 5 of 18 behind the three point line and 11 for 13 at the charity stripe.
Lance Rongstad scored a game-high 21 points for Bemidji State while Mason Walters contributed a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Zach Noreen also reached double figures for the Beavers with 13 points. Bemidji State was 24 of 50 from the field for 48 percent. The Beavers were 8 for 20 behind the three point line and 6 of 10 at the free throw line.
Both teams had 26 rebounds and 11 turnovers. Wayne State’s top rebounders were Williams and Ryan Rolfzen with five apiece while Walters grabbed 10 boards for the Beavers.
Wayne State will be at home on Tuesday evening host travel partner Augustana College in a Northern Sun Conference game starting at 8 p.m.