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Wildcat Men Bested By SMSU

Posted: 16 February, 2013

WAYNE - Southwest Minnesota State shot a sizzling 65 percent from the field (30 of 46) in rolling past Wayne State College 87-69 in Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball played Friday evening at the R/A Facility in Marshall, Minnesota.  The host Mustangs improve to 15-11 overall and 12-7 in the NSIC while Wayne State, who has not won in Marshall since February 12, 2000, falls to 15-10 and 9-10 in league play.
            SMSU opened the game with a 5-0 lead, but WSC scored 10 of the next 12 points and took a 10-7 lead on a Derrell Williams layup with 15:36 to play in the first half.  The ‘Cats took their biggest lead of the game at 13-9 following a LaTroy Wright 3-pointer at the 13:59 mark, but SMSU used seven straight points from Matt Zager and his 3-pointer with 11:47 left before halftime gave the Mustangs the lead for good at 16-14. 
            WSC stayed close and trailed 22-20 with 8:52 to go in the half, but the Mustangs went on a 13-0 run over the next 4:05 and took a commanding 35-20 lead with 4:47 to play before halftime as SMSU finished the half with a 45-32 lead.
            The Wildcats made a run at the Mustangs to start the second half, hitting four 3-pointers in the opening four minutes of the half, and pulled within three points of SMSU at 55-52 following back-to-back baskets by Wright with 15:24 to play in the game. 
            WSC was still within reach of the Mustangs trailing 63-57 with 12:24 to play, but SMSU scored the next seven points to take a 70-57 lead and the Wildcats could not keep up with the hot-shooting Mustangs as Southwest Minnesota State pulled away for the 87-69 win.
            Junior Adol Aluong tied a career-high with 15 points on a career-best five 3-pointers to lead Wayne State in scoring.  LaTroy Wright followed with 14 points while senior guard Amry Shelby scored 13 points to move into fifth place on the all-time WSC scoring list.  Shelby now has 1,501 points and moved past Dean deBuhr, who scored 1,492 points at WSC from 1962-66, for fifth place on the all-time WSC men’s basketball scoring list.  Shelby now needs 56 points to reach Brad Joens (1,556 points from 1997-2001) for fourth place on the Wildcat scoring list.
            Wayne State finished the game making 26 of 60 shots for 43.3 percent, going 11 for 21 from three point range and 6 of 10 at the free throw stripe. 
            Matt Zager led Southwest Minnesota State in scoring with 25 points, going a perfect 10 for 10 from the field.  Nick Smith contributed a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Lavione West scored 18 points.
            SMSU made 30 of 46 shots from the floor for a scorching 65.2 percent, making just 1 of 7 three pointers and 26 of 32 at the free throw stripe.  The Mustangs held a sizeable 50-20 advantage in points in the paint and outrebounded the Wildcats 31-25 thanks to Smith’s 10 rebounds while Ty Bauschek led WSC on the glass with five caroms.
            The Wildcats will be in action again Saturday visiting the University of Sioux Falls in a 6 p.m. contest.

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