January 21, 2004
'Cats Survive Scare at Truman, 68-63
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. - For the second consecutive road game, the No. 2-ranked Northwest Missouri State University men's basketball team started like a house afire. But it took a strong effort late for the Bearcats to come from behind and win for the second consecutive game on the road.
Northwest was able to get by Truman State 68-63 Wednesday night at Pershing Arena. But the Bulldogs gave Northwest a tussle.
The Bearcats got out to a quick, large lead. A Keanan Weir (Sr., Detroit, Mich.) three-pointer put Northwest up by 14, 22-8, just eight minutes into the game. Northwest pushed the lead to 19 when Byron Jackson (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) hit a pair of free throws to make it 31-12.
Truman, sparked by two Matt Brock three-pointers, quickly closed the gap. The Bulldogs outscored Northwest 12-4 over the final eight minutes of the half to cut their deficit to 35-24 at the halftime intermission.
Truman had just two three-pointers in the first 20 minutes. But the Bulldogs bombed away for three in the first five minutes of the second half. The hot outside shooting got the 'Dogs within four, 39-35. Northwest pulled out in front by 11 again, taking a 46-35 lead.
Truman continued to scratch its way back into the game. The Bulldogs worked the inside and outside shots to climb back into it. An Aaron Mueller three-pointer got Truman within four. Another Brock three-pointer, with six minutes left, pulled the Bulldogs within one, 53-52. Then Grant Agbo went to work inside. Two straight buckets by the Truman big man gave the Bulldogs a 58-57 advantage with 2:34 remaining.
Kelvin Parker (Sr., Raytown, Mo.) scored the next seven Bearcat points. Parker's outburst left Northwest back on top, 64-61, with 43 seconds left in the game. Sky Wilson (Jr., Indio, Calif.) hit a pair of free throws to make it 66-61 with 11 seconds remaining and ice the victory.
Parker scored a game-high 21. Wilson and Jackson each tallied 12 for the Bearcats. Brock scored 18 to lead Truman, including five three-pointers.
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