February 14, 2004
No. 7 Bearcats Stop Gorillas, 82-64
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The No. 7-ranked Northwest Missouri State University men's basketball team rolled to an 82-64 victory over Pittsburg State Saturday night at Bearcat Arena.
Kelvin Parker (Sr., Raytown, Mo.) led four Bearcats in double figures with 22 points. Parker became just the fifth-ever Northwest men's basketball player to reach 1,500 points during the contest.
Northwest trailed by four points early on, 14-10. But Parker hit a layup and a three-pointer on back-to-back possessions to give the Bearcats a 15-14 advantage. Northwest never trailed again. Although the Bearcats never trailed again, they didn't put the game away until the second half. Northwest took a slim 34-32 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
Pittsburg State tied the game on the opening possession of the second half. Jamey Richardson stole the opening inbound pass of the second half and delivered a breakaway dunk, tying the game at 34-34. Northwest broke a 36-36 tie with back-to-back scores from Victor James (Fr., Crowley, Texas).
The Bearcats were still up by just three, 46-43, with 14:47 remaining in the game. But Northwest put together a 9-0 run, capped by a tip in and a three-pointer from Keanan Weir (Sr., Detroit, Mich.). Weir's five points pushed the Bearcats' lead from 50-43 to double digits, at 55-43. Pittsburg State never got closer than 10 points again.
The second half was foul-plagued. After a first half with just 13 fouls called, there were 30 fouls in the second half. But despite the stop-and-start pace of the game, the Bearcats were able to maintain their lead and pull away for the 18-point victory.
Eddie Jackson scored a game-high 23 points to lead Pittsburg State. Richardson added 17 for the Gorillas. Parker's 22 led Northwest, while Weir tacked on 18. James tallied 12 and Sky Wilson (Jr., Indio, Calif.) came off the bench to tally 10. Byron Jackson (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) paved the way underneath the boards, pulling down 11 rebounds.
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