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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Dec. 30, 2004

Northwest Drops MIAA Opener, 88-81 in Overtime at Southwest Baptist

BOLIVAR, Mo. -- It had not happened in five years, until tonight. Northwest Missouri State men's basketball (10-2, 0-1 MIAA) lost an overtime game, 88-81 tonight at the hands of Southwest Baptist (7-3, 1-0 MIAA) in the league opener for both teams. The last overtime loss was Feb. 17, 1999 to Washburn.

Southwest, coming into the game leading the league with just under 14 three-pointers made per game, connected on 14-of-40 tonight.

Northwest, who got its 12-game winning streak over Southwest Baptist snapped, moves on to Missouri-Rolla for a match-up with the Miners on Monday, Jan. 3. Tip-off from Rolla, Mo., is set for 7:30 p.m.

The SBU Bearcats led the entire first half thanks to 52 percent shooting overall (16-of-31). Besides the overall field goal percentage, Southwest was eight-of-19 (.421) from downtown.

After Northwest took a brief 5-3 lead with 18:05 to go in the first half, Southwest went up by as much as 11 on two occasions before taking a 42-34 halftime lead.

Northwest shot just 37.5 percent (12-of-32) including one-of-six (.167) from three-point land in the first 20 minutes.

Northwest rattled off 15 straight points during one stretch mid-way through the second half to take a 56-51 advantage with just under 10 minutes to go in regulation.

After Southwest went up by five points under two minutes, Northwest's Addae Houston hit two free throws and Matt Withers converted on a left-handed hook-shoot with :52 remaining to tie the score up at 73-73 as the final horn sounded.

In overtime, the hosts never trailed. A Martez Young trifecta and two free throws by Sheldon Pace put SBU up 84-77 with :48 seconds left in the extra period. SBU went six-of-eight from the foul line in the final minute to seal the win.

Houston hit for a career-high 23 points in 20 minutes off the bench. He shot eight-of-13 overall and two-of-three from beyond the arc. Sky Wilson hit for 15 points and tied a personal-high with eight rebounds. Brandon Maxie recorded 14 points in 32 minutes of play.

Overall, Northwest was held under 45 percent shooting (.448) for just the second time all season - the other time was the first loss of the year to Central Arkansas (Nov. 27). Southwest finished 31-of-67 (.463) overall and totaled 22 assists.

The SBU Bearcats received 23 points from Martez Young, 18 points from Deon Davis and a 12 rebound, nine point effort from Chris Schulze.

NOTES: Austin Meyer fouled out with 5:49 left as he totaled eight points and two boards - he came into the game averaging a team-best 13.3 points and 6.1 boards…Northwest still leads the overall series with SBU 25-9… Southwest's last win prior to tonight in the series came during the 1996-97 season…Northwest has held a rebounding edge in nine of the 12 games this year after a 42-38 advantage tonight…Coming into the game, Northwest held the league's top three-point shooting defense (.265)…Northwest got its conference opener winning streak snapped at five games and drops to 8-9 under coach Tappmeyer during such contests…The last overtime game was a 72-70 win vs. Pittsburg State, Jan. 17, 2004

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