November 10, 2004
Northwest Drops 90-60 Exhibition Contest at Missouri
COLUMBIA, Mo. - In exhibition action tonight, Northwest Missouri State dropped a 90-60 contest vs. the University of Missouri. The game was played in the newly christened Paige Sports Arena, just the second game played in the facility. Last Thursday, Missouri defeated MIAA-foe Central Missouri State, 100-73 at home.
Missouri is the first NCAA Division I opponent since the Bearcats and Tigers squared off in the 77-56 Mizzou win, Dec. 17, 1996.
Missouri used a 11-0 run to go ahead 29-18 at the 8:36 mark of the first-half. The scoring streak was in response to a three-pointer by senior Bilal Clarance, which tied the contest up at 18 apiece. After the two teams traded the next seven baskets, the hosts used a 10-2 run to take a 49-33 advantage with just over two minutes remaining.
The Tigers led 52-39 at the half.
Out of the locker room, the Tigers ran off 12 of the first 16 second-half points to increase their cushion to 64-43.
A Joel Osborn trey began a 8-2 Northwest run to bring the guests within 15 at 66-51. But Missouri, who is picked fourth in both the Big 12 coaches and media preseason polls, then reeled off 11 consecutive points to take a 77-51 lead and cruised to the win in front of 8,253 fans.
Several Northwest newcomers made an impact. Sophomore guard Josh Vanderslice, starting in place of injured point guard Sky Wilson, put in seven points and had a team-high four assists. Freshman Joel Osborn, redshirt freshmen Andy Peterson and Matt Withers played a combined 47 minutes - Osborn tallied 24 minutes. Osborn was also second on the team with 11 points, behind the 14 from junior Austin Meyer.
Moving to 17-2 all-time against the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, Missouri was led in scoring by the 23 points of Linas Kleizas, who went 11-of-14 from the floor. Thomas Gardner added 19 points while Jimmy McKinney ended with 10.
Missouri, who shot 56 percent overall including 11-of-29 (38 percent) from downtown, held the Bearcats to 38 percent from the field and just 32 percent from beyond the arc.
Northwest Missouri State will open up 2004-05 play with home contests Tuesday, Nov. 16 against William Penn (Iowa) and Wednesday, Nov. 17 against Lincoln (Mo.). Both non-conference games will begin at 7 p.m. from Bearcat Arena.
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