January 15, 2005
Northwest Drops First Game at Home This Year, 72-58 Versus Pittsburg StateMARYVILLE, Mo . -Pittsburg State outscored Northwest Missouri State 46-30 in the second half and snapped the Bearcats 13-game home win streak with a 72-58 victory this afternoon in MIAA men's basketball action. With the score tied at 38-38 with 11:18 remaining, the Gorillas reeled off a 34-20 spurt to finish off the game.
Northwest drops to 12-5 and 2-4 in MIAA play while Pitt State betters to 13-2 and 4-2 in the league.
With the score tied at 10-10 at the 8:48 mark of the first half, a three-pointer by senior Bilal Clarance sparked a 14-8 run to give his club a 24-18 advantage. However, the guests kept it close in the first 20 minutes thanks to the play of guard Eddie Jackson - Pitt State trailed 26-28 at the half.
Jackson, who tallied a game-high 32 points on 11-of-21 shooting, notched his team's final 13 points of the first half. He stood with 16 points at the intermission - no other teammate had more than three points.
After the clubs changed leads five times in the first 8-plus minutes of the second stanza, Pitt State's defense sparked it into the lead for good. Holding Northwest without a field goal for a 7:07 stretch late in the game, the Gorillas took their largest lead 59-44 at the 3:42 mark.
From there, PSU connected on eight-of-eight free throw tries to seal the win.
Overall, Northwest shot 37.8 percent (17-of-45) from the floor while Pitt State was 41.7 percent (20-of-48). A total of 46 fouls were whistled as PSU took a slight advantage making 23-of-30 (.767) from the foul line - Northwest was 20-of-25 (.800). Also, the Gorillas won the rebounding battle 37-26.
For the 'Cats, sophomore Addae Houston recorded 15 points for team-high honors - his third straight game in leading the club. Senior Jesse Shaw came away with 11 points. Freshman Andy Peterson corralled a team-high six boards.
Complimenting Jackson in the scoring column was Jason Taylor with 10 points but he went just 2-of-11 from the floor.
The Bearcats remain home for a MIAA contest vs. Truman State this Wednesday Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Notes: Pittsburg State leads the overall series 52-46 and snapped a four-game Northwest win streak....The 14-point loss at home is the worst defeat since a 80-60 loss versus Washburn, Feb. 25, 1995...Before today, Northwest was 11-0 when leading at the half - the 'Cats held a 28-26 edge after the first 20 minutes...Northwest guard Sky Wilson missed his third straight game (knee) and seventh overall due to injuries...After going for his third straight 10-plus point effort, Addae Houston has averaged 17.3 points during that stretch..The three-game losing streak is the first since the 2002-03 season.
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