Wildcat Men Fall At Concordia-St. Paul
Posted: 27 January, 2013
ST. PAUL, MN - Concordia-St. Paul used scoring runs at the end of the first half and start of the second half to defeat Wayne State 74-65 in Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball Saturday evening at the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The host Golden Bears avenge a 61-55 loss to WSC earlier this month in Wayne and improve 4-14 overall and 2-12 on the NSIC while WSC falls to 12-8 and 6-8 in league play.
WSC got off to a strong start, taking an early 8-3 lead following back to back layups by Derrell Williams with 15:22 to go in the first half. But Concordia-St. Paul scored the next seven points and took a 10-8 lead. The two teams then battled back and forth, exchanging eight ties and four lead changes until the Golden Bears finished the half strong to take the lead for good.
Wayne State’s Jordan Holdsworth canned a 3-pointer at the 4:03 mark of the first half to force the game’s eighth tie at 25-25. CU then finished the half with a 10-2 run to take a 35-27 lead at the intermission.
The Golden Bears then opened the second half with an 8-2 run and took their biggest lead of the night at 43-29 with 14:45 to play following a jumper by Shea Mandli. WSC came back and got as close as four points at 46-42 with 10:32 remaining on a pair of Ty Bauschek free throws. But Concordia-St. Paul then scored the next seven points and went in front 53-42 with 9:11 remaining.
Concordia-St. Paul still held a 63-51 lead with 5:50 to play when WSC made one final run at the Golden Bears. Three pointers from Adol Aluong and Ryan Rolfzen got the Wildcats within five at 65-60 with 2:03 to play, then CU got a 3-pointer from Isaiah Thomas and a pair of free throws by Terez VanPelt to take a 10-point lead again and the Golden Bears went on to top the Wildcats 74-65.
Senior forward Derrell Williams led Wayne State in scoring with 20 points and seven rebounds. Bauschek and LaTroy Wright also reached double figures for the Wildcats with 15 and 14 points respectively.
WSC shot an even 50 percent for the game making 23 of 46 shots including 7 for 15 from three point range and 12 of 18 at the free throw stripe.
Isaiah Thomas paced Concordia-St. Paul with a game-high 23 points while Terez VanPelt finished with 20. The Golden Bears made 26 of 55 shots for 47.3 percent, going 9 of 21 from the three point line and 13 for 14 at the free throw stripe.
Concordia-St. Paul won the rebounding battle over Wayne State 31-26 with Cordell Smith grabbing seven boards for the Golden Bears while Williams led WSC on the glass with seven.
The Wildcats return home next weekend hosting St. Cloud State Friday evening at 8 p.m. and Minnesota Duluth Saturday evening at 6 p.m. in Northern Sun Conference games at Rice Auditorium.