January 3, 2005
Bearcats Wipe Out Missouri-Rolla 81-55ROLLA, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State (11-2, 1-1 MIAA) men's basketball team used 15 three-pointers, including six from junior Austin Meyer, in the 81-55 win at Missouri-Rolla (6-5, 0-2 MIAA) tonight in league action. Meyer notched a career-high 29 points including 10 during a 23-6 run just before halftime that gave the 'Cats a comfortable 36-24 edge after the first 20 minutes. From there, Northwest's lead never dwindled under 13 points.
Senior Sky Wilson added his first career double-double with a personal-best 10 assists and 12 points. Sophomore Brandon Maxie chipped in 11 points as 10 Bearcats found the scoring column.
With the score at 3-2 in favor of the hosts, Northwest took the lead for good sparked by a jumper from Wilson. A few minutes later, Northwest held a 11-9 edge and thanks to the play of Meyer, streaked out to a 34-15 advantage as the Bearcats were never threatened after that.
The second stanza saw the Bearcats hold as much as a 31-point cushion at 69-38. The guests did not allow the Miners to score more than two straight buckets until a 10-3 game-ending run.
UM-Rolla shot just 43 percent overall including five-of-20 (.250) from three-point land. Conversely, Northwest went 29-of-57 (.509) overall and 15-of-27 (.556) from beyond the arc. The 'Cats owned the boards with a 36-21 overall advantage.
Redshirt freshman Matt Withers grabbed a game-high eight caroms while sophomore Addae Houston had a career-high five rebounds and six assists.
Jermaine Burks, the MIAA's third-leading scorer, had 18 points on seven-of-19 shooting. Josh Shaw added 17 points in the losing effort.
The Bearcats, which avenged a 82-73 loss to the Miners in the last meeting to snap a 10-game winning streak in the series, returns home to face Missouri Western on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at Bearcat Arena. Tip-off in Northwest's MIAA home opener is set for 7:30 p.m.
NOTES: Northwest leads the overall series 96-43 and has won 11 of the last 12 meetings…Meyer's old personal scoring high was 26 points vs. Eastern New Mexico, Nov. 22, 2003…In his last game, Meyer posted just eight points against Southwest Baptist…The 15 three-pointers ties the second-highest mark this season, Northwest knocked down a school-record 20 treys against Manhattan Christian (Nov. 19)…Northwest's bench outscored the Miner reserves 21-13…Northwest's Byron Jackson was whistled for an intentional foul with :46 seconds remaining and was ejected after a hard foul on UM-Rolla's Josh Shaw…Northwest held its ninth opponent this season under 45 percent from the field…The 'Cats are a perfect 5-0 this year when totaling more than 20 assists…The 21 UM-Rolla rebounds is a Northwest opponent low - Northwest is +7.9 in the rebounding column coming into the game.
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