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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

November 20, 2004

Northwest Dominates Glass in 72-54 Win Over Upper Iowa

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The No. 12 Northwest Missouri State men's basketball team held a 46-27 rebounding advantage, including a 20-6 edge on points in the paint, in the 72-54 win over Upper Iowa tonight in the final game of the Ryland Milner Classic. Tournament Most Valuable Player Jesse Shaw hit seven-of-nine shots to tie for team-high scoring honors with 15 points.

Northwest improves to 4-0 on the young season and won its 37th straight non-conference home game. Upper Iowa drops it first game on the season and stands 2-1 overall.

The 'Cats jumped out to a quick 10-3 lead after a jumper by Shaw at the 15:32 mark. Thanks to a three-pointer by Upper Iowa's Dustin Roskop with 7:35 left in the first half, the guests got to within 21-18. That bucket by Roskop capped a 15-11 run.

That four-point hole was the closest the Peacocks would come. Another two-pointer by Shaw ignited a 13-2 spurt over the next 6:19 to help his club to a 34-20 advantage. Northwest led 37-26 at the half thanks to 48 percent shooting and limiting Upper Iowa to just 31 percent from the floor.

The Peacocks could only cut the gap to eight points in the second half at 48-40 after an Aaron Carter trey at the 11:50 mark of the second half, but Northwest scored 12 of the game's next 18 points to take a commanding 60-46 lead. From there, Northwest was able to substitute freely with 12 'Cats seeing action overall.

Tying Shaw for the scoring lead was sophomore Josh Vanderslice with 15 points as he went a perfect six-of-six from the foul line. Freshman Matt Withers complimented Vanderslice and Shaw with a personal-high 12 points in 24 minutes of action off the bench. After sitting out yesterday with a foot injury, junior Austin Meyer started tonight and finished with a team-high eight boards.

Upper Iowa received 16 points from Aaron Carter as he connected on four three-pointers. John Banks finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.

For the game, UIU shot 32 percent (19-of-60) and 10-of-31 from downtown (.323). The Bearcats were 25-of-57 (.439) from the floor and 16-of-18 from the charity stripe.

Shaw was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Eric Ritter (Upper Iowa), Paul Connolly (Incarnate Word), John Banks (Upper Iowa), Matt Withers (Northwest) and Josh Vanderslice (Northwest).

Next up, Northwest takes to the road for its first test away from Bearcat Arena with two games at the Central Arkansas Classic, Nov. 26-27. The 'Cats take on Ouachita Baptist on Friday at 6 p.m. and then host-Central Arkansas at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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