January 12, 2005
Washburn Drops Northwest 86-82TOPEKA, Kan. - In the battle of league preseason favorites, Northwest Missouri State was on the short end of a 86-82 men's basketball game versus Washburn tonight at Lee Arena. In the MIAA preseason coaches poll, Washburn notched six first-place votes and 76 points while Northwest was second with 69 overall nods.
The Bearcats drop to 12-4 overall and 2-3 in MIAA play while Washburn betters to 12-4 and 3-2 in league action.
The Bearcats started out by going one-of-nine in the first five-plus minutes as they dug themselves an early hole at 3-13. However, the guests used two free throws by freshman Andy Peterson to go on an 18-9 spurt to cut the deficit at one point, 21-22.
From there, the Ichabods scored 15 of the game's next 22 points to take their largest lead of the half at 37-28 with 3:23 left. Sparked by two Travis Gardner free throws and five points by junior Austin Meyer, Northwest brought the halftime score to 45-38 in favor of the hosts.
The first half was a bloodbath with 30 personal fouls being whistled - Washburn was the benefactor hitting on 25-of-31 free throw attempts. There were two technical fouls called, one on each team.
Northwest, who shot just 34.3 percent in the first 20 minutes, turned the ball over just three times. Meanwhile, Washburn went nine-of-17 (.529) from the floor but out-scored the Bearcats 25-11 from the charity stripe.
The Bearcats had 11 players score in the first stanza led by six from Meyer and Peterson.
The guests took their first lead of the contest (46-45) at 16:27 of the second half on a Peterson lay-up - that bucket capped a 8-0 run to open up the frame. Overall, the Bearcats used a 18-6 run out of halftime to take their largest lead at 56-51 at 12:03 on a Brandon Maxie trey.
Slowly, the Ichabods crept back and took a 59-58 edge, expanding that to a 70-65 advantage with 6:40 left thanks to a 19-9 run.
The 'Cats got the count within two points on seven occasions in the final five minutes, however WU's Karlton Mims hit a three-pointer with :31 remaining to give his club a five-point edge. He would later connect on two foul shots with 4.7 seconds left to help preserve the win.
Houston led three 'Cats in double figures with 16 points. Peterson came away with a career-high 15 points and seven rebounds in a career-high 26 minutes of action. Meyer finished with 14 points and five boards.
Steve Bonner tied with Houston for scoring honors with 16 on five-of-six shooting. Mims posted 15 as four other Ichabods reached 10-plus points.
Overall, Washburn shot 54.8 percent (23-of-42) to the 46.9 percent (30-of-64) of Northwest. There were a combined 51 fouls with 29 being called on the 'Cats. Northwest forced 15 WU turnovers but was out-scored 33-16 from the foul line.
Next up for Northwest is a home encounter with No. 24 Pittsburg State Saturday, Jan. 15. Tip-off from Bearcat Arena is set for 3:30 p.m.
Notes: In the overall series, Washburn leads 50-26…Northwest drops to 2-3 in the conference for the first time since the 2002-03 season - it finished 22-9 that year and advanced to the NCAA Regionals…The Northwest starters of Houston, Clarance, Gardner, Meyer and James were the 10th different starting rotation this year…Senior guard Sky Wilson sat out his second straight game due to a strained knee…The Northwest bench was whistled for a technical at the 14:54 mark of the first half…Washburn entered the bonus situation with 11:59 remaining in the first half and 10:20 in the second…Northwest dropped its first Wednesday contest this season - it was a perfect 3-0 before tonight…Travis Robbins picked up a technical foul at the 5:04 mark of the first…WU head coach Bob Chipman is just ahead of coach Steve Tappmeyer in MIAA career victories as Chipman is third and Tappmeyer is fourth (354-319)…Peterson's old career-high was 14 points vs. Manhattan Christian (Nov. 19)…After holding a scoring edge from the free throw line in seven of its first eight games, Northwest has been on the short end in that area in six of its last eight…In their first 14 games, the 'Cats were out-rebounded just once - they have lost the war of the boards in the last three.
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