January 5, 2005
Northwest Wins 13th Straight Home Game With 58-54 Victory Over Missouri WesternMARYVILLE, Mo. - Holding its ninth opponent to sub-40 percent shooting, the Northwest Missouri State men's basketball team squeeked out a 58-54 victory tonight at Bearcat Arena for its 13th straight home win. Northwest came into the game first in the MIAA holding opponents to under 39 percent shooting.
Six Bearcats hit for six points or more in the balanced attack led by the 12 from junior Austin Meyer and season-high 11 from sophomore Victor James.
Northwest improves to 12-2 overall and 2-1 in the MIAA while Missouri Western falls to 8-4 and 2-1 in league action.
The hosts scored the game's first five points on a Brandon Maxie three-pointer and jumper from Matt Withers. Missouri Western did not score until the 15:54 mark on a trey by Fred Battles. After Missouri Western tied the game up at 5-5, Northwest went on a 24-15 run to lead 29-20 at the 5:18 mark of the first half. The 'Cats went into the locker room up 37-27.
The first 20 minutes were relatively equal beside the turnover situation as the Griffons had nine to Northwest's three.
The Bearcats held a double-digit edge at 47-37 at the 9:50 mark of the second half when Missouri Western started to creep back into the game. Five straight points by Langston Grady ignited a 17-9 run that brought the guests within a basket with two seconds remaining. Sky Wilson connected on two foul shots to ice the game and give the 'Cats their fourth straight win in the series.
Overall, Northwest shot just 37.5 percent (18-of-48) from the floor including an icy 25 percent (five-of-20) in the second stanza. The big difference was a +10 point advantage from the foul line.
Sophomore Brandon Maxie tied for game-high rebounding honors with a career-tying eight rebounds.
Demarius Bolds (28) and Grady (10) combined for 70 percent of the Griffon scoring. No other player had more than five points.
Northwest heads to Missouri Southern on Saturday, Jan. 5 for a 3:00 p.m. matinee against the Lions.
NOTES: Winning their fourth straight in the overall series, Northwest still trails 27-30...Austin Meyer has hit for double-figures in four of his last five games - he went for a career-best 29 in his last outing...Northwest did not trail the entire game...Northwest entered tonight second-best in the conference in free throw percentage - it hit on just 65 percent vs. the Griffons...The assists edge (17-11) went in favor of Northwest for the 12th time in 14 games...The -5 rebounding difference was just the second time all year that Northwest lost the battle of the boards...Northwest moves to 11-0 when holding a better FG mark than the opponent.
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