Late Rally Gives Minot State Edge Over WSC Men
Posted: 19 January, 2013
WAYNE - Minot State rallied from a 58-53 deficit with 3:55 to play as the Beavers posted a 64-61 Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball win over Wayne State College Friday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The Wildcats drop to 11-6 and 5-6 in the NSIC while Minot State improves to 6-9 overall and 5-6 in league play.
The first half featured 12 lead changes and two ties between the clubs. After trailing early 4-3, WSC went on a 10-2 run and took their biggest lead of the first half at 13-6 on a Ryan Rolfzen 3-pointer with 13:06 to go in the first half. With WSC leading 17-11, Minot State reeled off eight straight points and took a 19-17 lead at the 9:06 mark on a three point play by Anthony Enriquez.
The rest of the first half saw neither team hold a lead of more than three points as WSC took a 32-30 lead right before intermission on Adol Aluong’s 3-pointer.
Minot State used a five point run early in the second half to take a 35-34 lead on a Kelvin Fraser layup with 18:17 to play. Wayne State then regained the lead and held it until Minot State’s late rally.
The Wildcats scored seven straight points and took a 41-35 lead on a Ty Bauschek lay in with 15:26 to go. The ‘Cats took an eight point advantage at 51-43 on a layup by Ayron Worthington with 8:55 to play and WSC still lead 57-50 following a pair of Amry Shelby free throws with 4:40 to play. Then Minot State began its comeback.
The Beavers went on a 10-1 run over the next 2:11 and took a 60-58 lead with 2:19 remaining on an EJ Williams layup. Wayne State’s LaTroy Wright made one of two free throws at the 1:24 mark to cut the lead to 60-59. Minot State used free throws by Kelvin Fraser and Josh Johnson on their next two possessions to go up 62-59 with 15 seconds to play.
Wright then made a layup for WSC to trim the lead back to one at 62-61 with 10 seconds left. WSC had to foul and Dominique McDonald canned two free throws with 7.5 seconds to play putting the Beavers ahead 64-61. The Wildcats then drove the length of the court with Wright coming up short on a layup in the final second as Minot State completed the rally for the 64-61 win over Wayne State.
Wayne State’s top scorer was LaTroy Wright with 15 points followed by 13 points for Adol Aluong. The ‘Cats shot 47.6 percent for the game making 20 of 42 shots including 6 for 16 from three point range and 15 of 18 at the charity stripe.
E.J. Williams led three double figure scorers for Minot State with 12 points while Kelvin Fraser and Thomas Korf scored 11 apiece. Minot State was 21 of 53 shooting for 39.6 percent, making 4 of 16 three pointers. The Beavers were 18 for 24 at the free throw stripe.
Both teams finished with 29 rebounds as Adam Randall led the Beavers with eight caroms while Derrell Williams grabbed eight rebounds for the Wildcats. WSC had 17 turnovers in the game to 13 on Minot State.
Wayne State is at home again Saturday evening hosting the University of Mary in a 6 p.m. Northern Sun Conference game.