January 8, 2005
Missouri Southern Roars Past Northwest, 73-63JOPLIN, Mo. - Missouri Southern evened up the conference records today as it defeated Northwest Missouri State with a score of 73-63. Missouri Southern's Orestus Cavness scored his career high 32 points after scoring 31 points earlier this week versus Pittsburg State. Northwest fell to 12-3 overall and 2-2 in MIAA action while Missouri Southern improved to 6-9 and 2-2 in conference play.
After Northwest made the first two points of the game, Missouri Southern went on a 17-3 run to lead the Bearcats 17-5 at the 13 minute mark. The 'Cats gained their composure and Joel Osborn sunk a trey to help rally back to within four points of the Lions with less than five minutes left in the half. Northwest put Southern into the bonus with 5:23 left which added up to only five points off twelve chances from the line.
The Lions extended their advantage to seven points for a 37-30 halftime score. Cavness had twice as many points (14) as any other player at the end of the half. Victor James and Addae Houston led the 'Cats in points with six each. Missouri Southern out-shot Northwest from the field 60.9 percent (14-23) to 36.7 percent (11-30). The Bearcats made five of their six tries at the free throw line.
The second half was led by the Lions as the Bearcats came to within one point of tying Missouri Southern twice, but the 'Cats did not recover enough to take over the lead. With 6:45 left in the game, Victor James made the free throw to bring the score to 55-54, but the Lions went on an 18-9 run to close out the game.
Northwest ended the game with 38.2 shooting percentage (21-55), 28.6 percent from the three point range and 76.5 percent from behind the line. Missouri Southern bettered Northwest in shooting from the field (25-44) and from beyond the arc (5-12) but struggled from the free throw line hitting only 18 of 33.
The 'Cats forced 13 turnovers and only surrendered nine to the Lions. Southern dominated the boards out-rebounding the Bearcats 36-28.
Addae Houston led the Bearcats in scoring with 21 points. Houston also had four assists. Victor James scored 10 points and pulled down four boards.
Northwest will travel to Washburn on Wed., Jan. 12 for a 7:30 p.m. contest.
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