November 16, 2004
'Cats Roll By William Penn, 88-62, in Season Opener
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Despite a slow first-half, No. 12 Northwest Missouri State went on a 22-9 run out of the locker room and shot 55% in the second half en route to a 88-62 season-opening win over William Penn tonight at Bearcat Arena.
Senior Jesse Shaw compiled a career-high 26 points and notched his second career double-double with 10 rebounds.
Northwest wins its eighth straight season-opener and 34th consecutive home non-conference contest. William Penn drops to 3-3 overall.
The Bearcats and Statesmen struggled to a 32-23 score after the first 20 minutes of play. Both clubs were cold from the floor with each shooting just 37.5% overall. William Penn was doomed with its 19 first-half turnovers.
After a Brad Nicholson three-pointer for the guests at the 11:40 mark in the first half, the score stood 19-15 in favor of Northwest. From there, the Bearcats held the Statesmen scoreless for 7:19 and rattled off seven straight points to take a 26-15 edge with just under five minutes left.
William Penn creeped back into the contest on two straight buckets under two minutes in the half while Northwest did not score in the final 1:07.
But, the halftime score was as close as WPU would get.
Led by 20 second-half points by Shaw and a 15-of-17 free throw team effort, Northwest iced the game. Shaw tallied seven points, while senior Travis Gardner hit a big three-pointer during the second-half spurt out of the locker room.
Junior Austin Meyer came away with his 27th career double-figure scoring performance with 14 points - he went four-of-nine from beyond the arc. Sophomore Josh Vanderslice, who started for an injured Sky Wilson (concussion), was next with 13 points and a game-high six assists in his first Northwest game. Senior Byron Jackson added 11 points off the bench.
William Penn was led in scoring by Danny Lund's 13 points and five rebounds. He was the lone Statesman in double-figure scoring.
Overall, WPU ended with 29 turnovers and shot just 37.0 percent overall (20-of-54). Northwest was 30-of-65 (.462) on the game and 20-of-26 (.769) from the free throw line.
The Bearcats welcome Lincoln University to Bearcat Arena for a 7:00 p.m. game tomorrow (Wednesday).
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