February 28, 2004
UMR 3-Point Attack Lifts Miners Over 'Cats, 82-73
ROLLA, Mo. -- The University of Missouri-Rolla hit 12 three-pointers, including eight from Kerry Darting, Saturday afternoon in an 82-73 victory over Northwest Missouri State. The Bearcats lost for the first time at the Gale Bullman Multipurpose Building since 1998.
Missouri-Rolla raced out to a 9-2 lead behind three buckets from behind the arc, including two from Ike Muonelo. Darting then got in on the action. Back-to-back Darting treys gave the Miners a 22-8 lead midway through the first half. UMR led by as many as 17 in the first frame.
Northwest finally heated up from outside and got back in the game in the final three minutes of the half. Keanan Weir (Sr., Detroit, Mich.) hit three consecutive three-pointers, sandwiched around a trey each from Bilal Clarance (Jr., Copenhagen, Denmark) and Travis Gardner (Jr., Minneapolis, Minn.). Those bombs led to a 15-3 run for the 'Cats, who closed the gap to seven at the intermission, 36-29.
Darting made consecutive three-point bombs to open the second half for Missouri-Rolla, pushing the Miners' advantage back into double digits, 42-29. By the 6:37 mark, a Muonelo jumper put UMR on top by 22, 68-46. But the Bearcats would not roll over.
A 10-2 Northwest run put the Bearcats within striking distance, 70-56, with just less than five minutes remaining. A pair of free throws from Kelvin Parker (Sr., Raytown, Mo.) with 3:31 left cut the deficit to single digits, 72-63. One minute later, Austin Meyer (Soph., Blue Springs, Mo.) hit a pair from the charity stripe to pull Northwest within six, 74-68.
But that's as close as the 'Cats would get. UMR was eight-of-eight from the free-throw line over the final two minutes to secure the victory.
Darting led all scorers with a career-high 28 points. Muonelo added 20 for the Miners. Jermaine Burks tacked on 16 and Brian Westre tallied 10. Northwest was led by Parker and Byron Jackson (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.), who each scored 14. Weir tacked on 12 for the 'Cats.
Northwest will be either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in next weekend's Sonic/MIAA Championship Tournament, depending on results of the rest of today's action. Check www.northwestbearcats.com or www.themiaa.com for more tournament details.
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