November 17, 2004
Northwest Sneaks By Lincoln, 79-73 at home
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Fueled by the 21 points and 10 rebounds from junior Austin Meyer, No. 12 Northwest Missouri State slid past Lincoln tonight, 79-73 at Bearcat Arena. Northwest has now won 35 straight non-conference games at home dating back to the 1996-97 season.
Hitting for 14 points last night in the 88-62 win versus William Penn, Meyer didn't wait long to continue his scoring touch. The Blue Springs, Mo., native reached double figures at the 11:19 mark of the first half, hitting his third three-pointer giving the 'Cats a 20-16 lead - he had 11 points at that juncture.
Both clubs went through six lead changes in the final 11-plus minutes of the first half with Lincoln carrying a 36-34 lead into the locker room. Each team totaled 10 turnovers in the first stanza.
The Bearcats took the lead for good at 40-39 on a layup by Meyer at the 17:32 mark of the second half. However, the Blue Tigers hung tough with accurate shooting.
After Northwest led 40-39 off Meyer's lay-in, Northwest went on a 17-9 run to go up 57-48 with a shade over 10 minutes remaining.
Lincoln countered with a 14-5 spurt to get within a point at 63-62 at the 5:04 mark. Two free throws by senior Byron Jackson at 4:35 broke the run before Lincoln got back to a single possession game on two occasions. But, the Bearcats went seven-of-eight from the foul line in the final two-and-a-half minutes to seal the victory.
Northwest received balanced scoring as all five starters reached 10-plus points. Meyer's scoring was followed by senior Jesse Shaw (15), sophomore Josh Vanderslice (12) and Jackson and senior Travis Gardner with 10 apiece. Vanderslice had a game-high six assists and team-high four steals.
Overall, the 'Cats shot 51 percent (25-of-49) and nine-of-16 (.563) from three-point land. They held a 20-7 edge in made free throws and 33-24 advantage in rebounds including 11 on the offensive end.
DJ Hogue and Jamaicus Ricks posted 21 points apiece with both players combining for 28 of the 57 shot attempts. Kelly Scarver added 11 points and five assists. The Lincoln bench outscored NMSU's 28-11. The Blue Tigers finished 28-of-57 (.491) from the field and 10-of-25 (.400) from beyond the arc.
Northwest stays at home for the Ryland Milner Classic, set for Nov. 19-20 at Bearcat Arena. The 'Cats face Manhattan Christian at 8 p.m. on Friday with Upper Iowa visiting on Saturday at 8 p.m.
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