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Late Rally Falls Short as WSC Men Fall in Season Opener at UNK

Posted: 10 November, 2013

KEARNEY - Wayne State nearly erased a 20-point Nebraska-Kearney lead with just over six minutes left, but the rally fell short as the host Lopers defeated the Wildcats 75-69 Sunday afternoon in the men's college basketball season opener for both teams.

Nebraska-Kearney led the entire game with the exception of the first basket of the game made by Wayne State center Jared Bartling.

The Lopers held a 13-10 lead at the midway point of the first half, then went on a 12-2 run over the next 4:45 to take a 25-12 lead, their biggest advantage of the first half, with 5:14 remaining before taking a 34-22 halftime lead.

UNK maintained their double digit lead throughout the second half and built several leads of 20 points before the Wildcats rallied in the final six minutes to make the game interesting.

The Lopers held a 66-46 lead with 6:42 to play, but seniors Ty Bauschek and Jared Bartling led a Wildcat comeback leading an 11-2 run over the next 3:28 to cut the lead to 11 at 68-57. Bauschek scored seven points during the run with Bartling scoring the other four.

WSC continued to cut into the lead as senior guard Adol Aluong scored eight straight Wildcat points in a span of 1:38. Aluong's layup with 1:17 left cut the UNK lead to 71-65, but WSC could get no closer and the Wildcats fell to Nebraska-Kearney 75-69.

Senior guard Ty Bauschek led Wayne State in scoring with a career-high 23 points. Senior center Jared Bartling added 14 points, while senior guard Adol Aluong also reached double figures with 10 points.

Wayne State made 29 of 57 shots from the field for 50.9 percent, but made just 4 of 16 3-pointers. Nebraska-Kearney was 26 of 57 from the field for 45.6 percent and was 5 of 18 from the 3-point line. The Lopers had a big advantage at the free throw line, going 18 for 26 compared to Wayne State's 7 of 12.

UNK held a sizeable 40-27 advantage in rebounding over the Wildcats including 14-6 on the offensive glass. Both teams had 16 turnovers in the game.

Wayne State will play their home opener Friday evening hosting Mount Marty College in a 7 p.m. contest at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.

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