WSC Men Handled By Mavericks
Posted: 25 January, 2013
MANKATO, MN - #7 Minnesota State held WSC without a basket for a stretch of 9:18 as the Mavericks defeated Wayne State 73-59 Friday evening in Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball played at the Taylor Center in Mankato, Minnesota. MSU maintains their lead in the NSIC at 16-1 overall and 12-1 in league play while WSC falls to 12-7 and 6-7 in the NSIC.
The game was close early with a pair of ties at 2-2 and 7-7. The Wildcats trailed 12-11 following a Jordan Holdsworth layup with 12:27 to play, then MSU reeled off nine of the next 10 points and took a 21-12 lead on a Gage Wooten basket with 8:01 to go before halftime.
WSC scored the next four points on baskets from Holdsworth and Derrell Williams and trailed 21-16 with 7:00 to go in the half. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, WSC would not make a basket for the rest of the half with Minnesota State scoring 12 points in the final 7:00 of the half to take a 33-16 lead at halftime.
The Wildcats went the first 2:18 of the second half without a basket until Williams made a tip-in to snap a scoreless streak of 9:18. By that time, Minnesota State had a 38-18 lead with 17:42 to play in the game. The Mavericks built a 28-point lead at 51-23 and still led 53-27 with 11:17 to play when WSC made a scoring run to make the game interesting again.
WSC went on a 13-0 run over the next 3:59 thanks to a pair of three point plays by Holdsworth and Adol Aluong, a Holdsworth layup, an Aluong 3-pointer and a Derrell Williams layup and cut the Maverick lead to 53-40 with 7:18 to play. But Minnesota State came back with a 10-2 run over the next 1:50 and took a 63-42 lead with 5:28 remaining and went on to the 73-59 win over Wayne State.
Senior forward Derrell Williams led Wayne State with 17 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Jordan Holdsworth added a career-high 15 points on 7 of 10 shooting while LaTroy Wright also reached double figures with 12 points.
Wayne State outshot Minnesota State in the contest as the Wildcats made 24 of 52 shots for 46.2 percent, but made just 2 of 11 from three point range. The ‘Cats were 9 for 15 from the free throw line.
Minnesota State’s top scorer was Jarvis Williams with 23 points followed by Zach Monaghan and Assem Marei with 14 and 12 points respectively. The Mavericks made 24 of 58 shots for 41.4 percent, going 8 of 19 from the three point line and 17 for 21 at the charity stripe.
The Mavericks won the rebounding battle 37-30 with Marei hauling in six boards for MSU while Williams and Wright each grabbed eight boards to lead Wayne State on the glass. WSC had 14 turnovers in the game to 11 on Minnesota State. Ty Bauschek was credited with a team-high five assists for WSC.
Wayne State will be in action again Saturday night as the Wildcats visit Concordia-St. Paul in a 6 p.m. Northern Sun Conference contest.