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WSC Men End Season With Loss At Bemidji State

Posted: 27 February, 2013

BEMIDJI, MN - Bemidji State shot 62 percent in the first half and never let Wayne State back in the game as the Beavers rolled to a 71-54 win Wednesday evening over the Wildcats in the opening round of the 2013 NSIC/Sanford Health Men’s Basketball Tournament played at BSU Gymnasium in Bemidji, Minnesota.  The host Beavers advance to Saturday’s quarter-finals with a 16-11 record while Wayne State ends the season at 17-12, the most wins for a Wildcat men’s basketball program since 1999-2000. 
Wayne State never led in the contest as the host Beavers shot a sizzling 62 percent (18 of 29) in the first half to set the tone for the game.  BSU led 8-2 early and was ahead 13-8 at the 11:37 mark, but that’s as close as WSC would get to the Beavers the rest of the night.  Bemidji State scored the next seven points to take a 20-8 lead and held a double digit lead the remainder of the half while taking a 40-22 lead at halftime.
Senior guard Amry Shelby was the lone bright spot for the Wildcats in the first half, scoring 15 of Wayne State’s 22 points going 6 for 13 from the field in the opening 20 minutes of play as WSC shot just 33 percent from the field in the first half on 9 of 27 including 1 for 9 from three point range.
Early in the second half, the Wildcats pulled within 14 points of the Beavers at 44-30 with 17:48 to play on a Derrell Williams layup.  But Bemidji State scored the next seven points to take a 51-30 lead at the 13:30 mark and WSC could never get closer than 15 points the rest of the game.  Cold shooting hurt the Wildcats in their comeback attempt as WSC made just 2 of 22 3-pointers in the game as the Wildcats season ended with a 71-54 loss to Bemidji State.
Senior guard Amry Shelby closed out a stellar career in a Wildcat uniform with 21 points, moving into third place on the WSC all-time scoring list with 1,582 points.  His 21 points moved him past Dennis Siefkes, who had 1,576 points from 1969-73.  Seniors Derrell Williams and Ayron Worthington also reached double figures scoring 10 points apiece. 
WSC finished the game making just 22 of 61 shots for 36 percent, including a cold 2 for 22 from three point range.  The ‘Cats were 8 of 11 at the free throw stripe.
Mason Walters led a balanced scoring attack for Bemidji State with 17 points followed by Jason Edwards with 13.  Dermaine Crockrell and Lance Rongstad contributed 12 points each for the Beavers, who made 26 of 50 shots for 52 percent.  BSU was just 2 of 16 from the three point line and 17 of 19 (89.5%) at the charity stripe.
Bemidji State won the rebounding battle over WSC 39-28, resulting in a 48-30 advantage in the points in the paint category.  Walters led BSU on the boards with nine while Williams grabbed six rebounds for Wayne State.  LaTroy Wright had four of Wayne State’s nine assists in the game.
Wayne State finishes with a winning record for the first time since the 2007-08 season when the Wildcats were 16-13.  The Wildcats lose three seniors off this year’s team – Amry Shelby, Derrell Williams and Ayron Worthington.

Mike Grosz
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