November 12, 2003
'Cats Overcome Early Deficit, Stop K.C. Steers
MARYVILLE , Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University men's basketball team trailed the Kansas City Steers 9-0 and 14-2 in the early-going of Wednesday night's exhibition game at Bearcat Arena. But the Bearcats over came the early deficit and eventually rolled to an 84-63 victory.
The Steers opened on fire from three-point range. Kansas City hit four of its eight three-pointers in the first 3:25 of the contest, racing to a 14-2 advantage. Northwest still trailed by 12, 17-5 with 15:00 remaining in the first half.
But Kelvin Parker (Sr., Raytown, Mo.) hit a jumper and Jesse Shaw (Jr., Lincoln, Neb.) hit a three-pointer to spark a 9-0 Bearcat run. The offensive spurt left Northwest down just three, 17-14. Just more than two minutes later Bilal Clarance (Jr., Copenhagen, Denmark) hit a three-pointer to give the Bearcats their first lead of the game, 20-19, with 10:26 remaining until intermission.
The Steers regained the lead 23-20 on a Brandon Jones layup. Keanan Weir (Sr., Detroit, Mich.) hit back-to-back three-pointers in a span of 37 seconds to give Northwest the lead for good, 26-25, with 8:15 remaining in the first half. The Bearcats maintained their advantage, 41-36, at halftime.
Northwest outscored 10-2 over the first four minutes of the second half and built a 13-point lead, 51-38. But the 'Cats were stuck on 51 points for the next five minutes, giving Kansas City an opportunity to climb back into the contest. The Steers put together nine points during that span, pulling back within four, 51-47.
Byron Jackson (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) ended the drought with a layup at the 10:53 mark. Northwest outscored the Steers 24-9 over the final seven minutes of the contest, pulling away to the 21-point victory.
Shaw led five Bearcats in double figures with 18 points. Northwest got 12 points each from Jackson and Clarance. Austin Meyer (So., Blue Springs, Mo.) and Wilson each tallied 11. Jackson led the 'Cats on the boards, pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds. Parker dished out eight assists and added five steals for Northwest.
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