Saturday, December 11, 2010

Wildcats ride strong second half to 79-60 win over NSU

WAYNE, Neb. – The Wayne State College Wildcats missed just six shots in the second half, shooting a blistering 71.4 percent in that stanza to overwhelm the Northern State University Wolves Friday evening in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men's basketball action.

The loss drops NSU to 5-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play while the Wildcats picked up their first league win of the young season and moved to 5-2 overall and 1-2 in NSIC games.

NSU jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead to start the game, but couldn't hang on to the advantage.  After a back-and-forth first half, the Wildcats opened the second stanza with an 11-3 run and never looked back.  WSC held a double-digit lead by the 14:34 mark and forced the Wolves into nine second-half turnovers.

In contrast to WSC's hot hand, the Wolves were ice cold in the second half, hitting just 9 of 25 attempts from the field and 2 of 9 from long range.

Senior Derek Hoellein, back in the starting line-up for the first time since injuring his shoulder against Jamestown, was 4 of 9 from downtown to lead the Wolves with 15 points.  Redshirt freshman Tydan Storrusten came off the bench to add 10 and played all 16 of his minutes without a turnover.

WSC's Amry Shelby put up a game-best 21 points to pace the Wildcats.  Brad Starken added 16 points and eight rebounds, while Jason Jensen had an even dozen.

The Wolves remain on the road tomorrow night as they take on Augustana College in a battle of in-state rivals.  That game, which will be carried live on Midco SportsNet, tips off at approximately 6:05 p.m. following the conclusion of the women's contest.

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