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SMSU men stave off Wayne State

December 10, 2012
Marshall Independent

Center Nick Smith hit four key free throws in the final four seconds to give the Southwest Minnesota State men's basketball team a 74-73 win over Wayne State College Saturday at Rice Auditorium in Wayne, Neb.

Smith finished with a team-high 19 points and helped the Mustangs (5-5 overall, 2-1 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) avoid a collapse down the strech. SMSU held a 14-point lead on the Wildcats (6-2, 1-2) with 4 minutes, 16 seconds left in the game before WSC put forth a furius run sparked by guards Amry Shelby and LaTroy Wright and forward Derrell Williams. A 3-pointer by Wright cut the lead to 69-68 with 26 seconds remaing. SMSU never relinquished its lead. Guard Matt Zager made a layup with 14 seconds left to push the lead back up to three, and Smith made four free throws in the final four seconds of play to secure the win. Wright hit a last-second 3 to cut the lead to one, but it wasn't enough.

Smith was 9 of 12 from the foul line for the game and 5 of 6 from the field. He also had seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Zager finished with 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting.

The Mustangs shot well all game, finishing at 53.7 percent from the field. They shot 50.0 percent in the first half on their way to a 32-28 lead.

SMSU bolted ahead in the second half, building the lead to double figures within the first few minutes and going up by as many as 16 six minutes into the second half. The Mustangs held a double-digit lead into the final few minutes when WSC went on its late run.

Wright did what he could to help the Wildcats fight back and finished with a game-high 26 points on 11 of 16 shooting, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Shelby added 12 points and was the only other Wildcat to score more than six.

Fact Box

SMSU (74)

Nick Smith 5-6 9-12 19, Tramel Barnes 1-5 1-2 3, Vinard Birch 0-3 3-4 3, Jordan Miller 2-4 2-2 8, Matt Zager 6-8 3-4 16, William Giddings 2-4 1-1 5, Jordan Buddenhagen 1-2 6-8 9, Shaun Condon 2-3 0-0 5, Lavione West 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 22-41 25-33 74. 3-pointers 5-10 (Miller 2-4, Zager 1-1, Buddenhagen 1-2, Condon 1-2) Rebounds 31 (Smith 7, Barnes 7, Miller 6) Assists 14 (Birch 6) Steals 10 (Barnes 3, Giddings 2, Smith 2) Blocks 5 (Smith 2, Zager 2) Turnovers 18 Total Fouls 31.

WSC (73)

Derrell Williams 2-9 1-1 5, Jordan Holdsworth 1-4 1-2 3, Amry Shelby 3-11 6-6 12, Ty Bauschek 1-4 1-3 3, LaTroy Wright 11-16 1-3 26, Ben Galemmo 2-5 0-0 6, Adol Aluong 2-2 0-0 4, Ayron Worthington 2-3 0-0 4, Ryan Rolfzen 2-10 0-0 6, Patrick Kurth 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 28-66 10-15 73. 3-pointers 7-26 (Wright 3-4, Galemmo 2-5, Rolfzen 2-9) Rebounds 36 (Williams 10) Assists 11 (Bauschek 3, Wright 3) Steals 12 (Shelby 4, Wright 4) Blocks 3 (Holdsworth 2) Turnovers 13 Total Fouls 19.

Halftime Score: SMSU 32, WSC 28.

Part of what allowed WSC to get back in the game was second-chance points. They had 21 second-chance points on 16 offensive rebounds. SMSU had just five second-chance points.

Jordan Buddenhagen scored nine points off the bench for the Mustangs, while started Jordan Miller chipped in eight points and three assists. Guard Tramel Barnes had just three points, but tied for the team lead with seven rebounds to go with three assists and three steals.

The Mustangs will play their final two games of 2012 at home when they host Minnesota State-Mankato at 8 p.m. Friday and Concordia St. Paul at 7 p.m. Saturday.

 
 

 

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