January 7, 2004
Bearcats Remain Unbeaten, Stop Mo. West 74-65
ST. JOSEPH , Mo. -- No. 4 Northwest Missouri State remained undefeated Wednesday night at the Missouri Western Field House. Northwest defeated its arch-rival Missouri Western 74-65 to move to 12-0 overall and 3-0 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
The Bearcats and Griffons saw five lead changes in a relatively low scoring first 13 minutes of the contest. The final lead change of the half, and the game, came when Northwest's Austin Meyer (Soph., Blue Springs, Mo.) buried one of his five three-pointers with 7:02 remaining in the first period. That trey gave the 'Cats a 20-17 lead.
Meyer scored 18 of his game-high 21 points in the first half. He nearly single-handedly led Northwest to a 34-29 lead at the intermission.
DeVonte King tipped in a missed Missouri Western shot to pull the Griffons within three points, 34-31 in the opening seconds of the second half. But that's as close as MWSC would get for the remainder of the contest. Victor James (Fr., Crowley, Texas) hit back-to-back buckets to give Northwest a 38-31 lead.
Northwest was still up by seven, 40-33, when the 'Cats went on an 11-2 outburst to take control of the contest. The run was sparked by a Kelvin Parker (Sr., Raytown, Mo.) three-pointer and included treys from Meyer and Sky Wilson (Jr., Indio, Calif.). The spurt left Northwest with a 51-35 lead at the 13:47 mark.
Missouri Western never got within single digits again until Grady Langston hit a meaningless three-pointer with less than 30 seconds remaining. The Bearcats converted 10-of-10 from the free-throw line over the final 2:33 to put the contest on ice. Six of those free throws came from Jesse Shaw (Jr., Lincoln, Neb.), who scored seven of his 15 points at the charity stripe.
Four Bearcats scored in double figures. Meyer's 21 and Shaw's 15 led the way. But James added 12 and Parker tacked on 11. Byron Jackson (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) pulled down seven rebounds to lead the 'Cats. Parker dished out seven assists to go with his 11 points.
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