December 30, 2003
No. 4 'Cats Roll Over Southwest Baptist, 85-65
MARYVILLE , Mo. -- No. 4 Northwest Missouri State opened play in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association with an 85-65 victory over Southwest Baptist Tuesday night at Bearcat Arena.
Northwest was paced by Kelvin Parker (Sr., Raytown, Mo.) and Jesse Shaw (Jr., Lincoln, Neb.). Parker scored 26 points and came two assists shy of a double-double with eight helpers. Shaw came off the bench and for the first time this season. He scored a career-high 23 points, recorded a team-high four steals and pulled down five rebounds.
Northwest took control of the contest with two offensive outbursts in the first half. The 'Cats led 12-11 six minutes into the game, when Austin Meyer (Soph., Blue Springs, Mo.) hit a three-pointer. His trey sparked a 13-0 run which left Northwest up 25-11 midway through the first frame.
After a Cedric Ousley bucket for SBU, the 'Cats put together another spurt. Shaw hit a three-pointer to start the run. Parker converted an acrobatic layup on an alley-oop pass from Sky Wilson (Jr., Indio, Calif.) to cap the 12-point spurt and give Northwest a commanding 37-13 advantage. The Bearcats outscored Southwest Baptist 25-2 in a span of six minutes.
A Shaw layup late in the first half pushed the Northwest advantage to 27, before SBU cut it to 25 at the intermission. Along with the last basket of the first half, SBU put together an 11-0 run spanning into the early moments of the second half. The MIAA's other Bearcats pulled within 16 points, 51-35, with 17:31 left in the game.
SBU cut its deficit to 15 on a Jarrett Brown three-pointer at the 15:50 mark. But Parker answered with a bomb from downtown of his own, sparking another Northwest run. Parker capped the 13-0 spurt with a fast-break layup and Northwest led comfortably, 66-38, with 13 minutes left. The Bearcats cruised from there, taking the 20-point victory.
Wilson added 10 to go with the output of Parker and Shaw. Byron Jackson (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) grabbed a game-high eight rebounds for the Bearcats.
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