Shelby's Buzzer-Beater Lifts WSC Men Over Upper Iowa
Posted: 23 February, 2013
WAYNE - Senior Amry Shelby hit a fade-away 13 footer from the left of the lane as the buzzer sounded to give Wayne State College a thrilling 62-60 win over Upper Iowa in Northern Sun Conference men’s basketball Saturday evening on Senior Night at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. WSC is now 17-11 on the season and 11-11 in the NSIC. The 17 wins mark the most wins for a Wildcat men’s basketball team since the 1999-2000 season when WSC went 26-6 under Greg McDermott and advanced to the then-North Central Region final against Metro State.
Upper Iowa held the lead for the entire first half that saw three ties with the Peacocks biggest lead of the half being six points at 8-2 early in the game. WSC forced a tie at 13-13 on a Ryan Rolfzen 3-pointer at the 10:39 mark of the first half, but the Peacocks scored the next six points to take a 19-13 lead with 8:12 to go before halftime.
The Wildcats forced the game’s third tie at 28-28 on a Amry Shelby fast break layup with 2:17 left in the half, but Upper Iowa finished the half with a 35-31 lead.
Upper Iowa built a pair of six point leads early in the second half before WSC mounted a run holding the Peacocks scoreless for 8:55 that put WSC in front by 10 points. Upper Iowa’s Tucker Wentzien scored at the 18:43 mark to give UIU a 39-33 lead, then the Wildcats took their first lead at 40-39 on a Ryan Rolfzen 3-pointer with 13:24 to go in the game. WSC capped the 14-0 run on a jumper by LaTroy Wright with 9:48 left giving WSC a 49-39 lead.
Then Upper Iowa countered with their own scoring spurt at the Peacocks scored 14 of the next 16 points over a span of 2:58 and quickly erased Wayne State’s 10-point lead when Cedric Collins made a steal and layup to give the Peacocks a 53-51 advantage with 6:34 to go. WSC then used a Rolfzen trey and a Shelby fast break layup to put the ‘Cats back up 56-53 with 5:46 remaining.
Upper Iowa forced the fifth tie of the game at 56-56 with 3:33 to play on a pair of Jake Hughes free throws. WSC went up four thanks to a Rolfzen 3-pointer and a Derrell Williams free throw to lead 60-56 with 2:34 to play. Wentzien then made a pair of free throws and a layup to even the score at 60-60 with 1:15 remaining.
After WSC missed a shot with 43 seconds left, Upper Iowa had a chance for the go-ahead basket but WSC clamped down defensively and forced a shot clock violation with 7.6 seconds to play. Amry Shelby then took the inbounds pass and dribbled into front court, driving to the left of the lane where he stopped and hit a fade-away 13 footer from the left of the lane as the buzzer sounded giving WSC the thrilling 62-60 win.
Derrell Williams and Ryan Rolfzen each scored 15 points to lead Wayne State in scoring while Shelby finished with 12 including his game winning shot. His 12 points also moved him into fourth place on the WSC all-time scoring list as the senior guard now has 1,561 points to move past Brad Joens, who scored 1,556 points from 1997-2001.
WSC shot a season-high 55 percent from the field, making 22 of 40 shots. It was the 15th time this season the Wildcats shot 50 percent or better from the field. The Wildcats were 7 of 13 from three point range and made 11 of 14 free throws.
Tucker Wentzien led Upper Iowa in scoring with 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting from the field. Sam Elgin added 13 points for the Peacocks. UIU made 21 of 47 shots from the field for 44.7 percent, going 3 of 9 from three point range and 15 for 16 at the free throw line.
Upper Iowa held a 25-22 edge in rebounding over Wayne State thanks to seven caroms by Wentzien while Derrell Williams grabbed five boards for the Wildcats. WSC had 17 turnovers in the game to 16 on Upper Iowa. LaTroy Wright handed out seven assists in the win for WSC.
The Wildcats will begin play Wednesday evening in the first round of the NSIC Sanford Health Men’s Basketball Tournament as Wayne State travels to Bemidji, Minnesota to face Bemidji State in a 7 p.m. game.