February 25, 2004
Bearcats Hammer Missouri Western on Senior Night
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- All four Northwest Missouri State University senior men's basketball players were able to enjoy the final seconds of Senior Night on the bench Wednesday night at Bearcat Arena. The Bearcats hammered arch-rival Missouri Western 90-67 in their final home game of the season.
No. 11 Northwest led 39-33 at halftime. Missouri Western opened the second half with short 5-0 spurt, pulling back within one, 39-38. But the Bearcats put together a 22-4 outburst. Sky Wilson (Jr., Indio, Calif.) hit a three-pointer at the 15:31 mark to push the Northwest lead to nine, 49-40.
Jesse Shaw (Jr., Lincoln, Neb.) scored four straight points on a pair of free throws and a layup, giving the Bearcats a double-digit advantage, 53-40, with 13 minutes to go. Northwest continued to pound away, eventually opening up a 19-point lead when Byron Jackson (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) took a feed from Kelvin Parker (Sr., Raytown, Mo.) and finished the fast break. Jackson's bucket gave the 'Cats a 61-42 lead with 11:31 left in the contest.
A pair of Matt Grove three-pointers midway through the second half pulled Missouri Western back within 13, 63-50. But that's as close as the Griffons would get. Northwest pushed its advantage to 21 when Keanan Weir (Sr., Detroit, Mich.) buried a three-pointer with less than five minutes remaining. The 'Cats led by as many as 26 before cruising to the 23-point victory.
It was the first time since Missouri Western joined the MIAA in 1989 that Northwest had swept the regular-season series from the Griffons.
Shaw came off the bench to tally a team-high 17 points for Northwest. He was seven-for-11 from the floor. Parker scored 16 points, with 14 of them coming in the Bearcats' huge second half. Wilson tallied 13, while Weir and Austin Meyer (Soph., Blue Springs, Mo.) each scored 11. Parker added seven assists to his totals, while Jackson and Shaw each pulled down eight rebounds.
Grove led three Griffons in double figures with a game-high 21 points
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