January 19, 2005
Northwest Halts Three-Game Skid With 76-73 Triumph Over Truman StateMARYVILLE, Mo . -- Using a 22-6 run just after halftime, the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats got past Truman State 76-73 tonight at Bearcat Arena. After a Austin Kirby jumper gave TSU a 39-36 lead at 19:19 of the second half, the Bearcats reeled off nine straight at one point to take control.
The 'Cats move to 13-5 overall and 3-4 in the MIAA standings while the Bulldogs fall to 4-11 and 0-6 in league action.
In a first half that saw five lead changes, Northwest struggled offensively in the early going. Making just two jumpers in the first six-plus minutes, Northwest allowed the guests to take a 9-4 lead culminating in a Derek Lindsay lay-up at the 13:59 mark. The 'Cats climbed back taking their first lead at 20-19 after an Austin Meyer lay-up with 6:57 left.
A Byron Jackson basket gave the hosts a 27-22 edge before Truman hit on four treys to take a 37-34 lead at the half. Truman outscored the hosts 15-7 in the final five-minute stretch.
Shooting just 40 percent in the first 20 minutes, the 'Cats connected on 12-of-21 (.571) from the floor in the second half including their first five attempts out of the locker room. After scoring over 10 points once in the last six contests, senior Jesse Shaw asserted himself offensively tonight. Standing with just two points at the intermission, the Lincoln, Neb., native went off for 11 in the final stanza including nine straight 'Cat points during the decisive second half run.
Truman made a game of it in the final 10 minutes going on a 25-12 spurt to cut the deficit at two (70-72) with :33 seconds remaining. But, the Bearcats went six-of-six on freebies to seal the victory.
The Bearcats had a sizeable advantage from the charity stripe hitting on 23-of-27 (.852) while Truman was a mere three-of-three (1.000). However, the guests kept things close thanks to a 14-of-27 (.519) effort from three-point land. Overall, Northwest finished 24-of-51 (.471) from the field and the Bulldogs went 28-of-54 (.519). The 'Cats turned the ball over just six times, including once in the first half.
Meyer led the club in scoring with 18 on an efficient six-of-seven performance from the field. He added a team-high six boards and three assists. Senior Sky Wilson, who appeared off the bench and played for the first time in four contests, posted 15 points and was a flawless eight-of-eight from the foul line. Shaw ended with 13 points while sophomore Addae Houston had 10 and three assists.
Northwest wraps up a three-game homestand with a 7:30 p.m. contest versus Emporia State Saturday, Jan. 22.
Notes: Northwest has won the last four meetings with the Bulldogs and take the lead in the overall series 88-87...Jesse Shaw averaged four shots per game in his last five before tonight's 12 attempts...The starting combination for Northwest was its 11th different this season...The +20 scoring advantage from the free throw line is a Northwest season-high...Sky Wilson had sat out the last three games with an injured left knee...Truman becomes the fourth opponent in the last five games against Northwest to go over 50 percent from the floor - there was only one opposition to achieve such a feat in the first 14 games...Addae Houston has hit for 10-plus points in four straight...Brandon Maxie was held scoreless for the first time this season...With the six turnovers tonight, Northwest has been under 10 TO's in five of its last six games.
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