January 29, 2005
Bearcats Survive Overtime Thriller vs. Southwest Baptist 96-90MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State forced overtime thanks to a 11-4 run and connected on eight-of-eight free throw tries in the extra stanza in pulling out a 96-90 overtime win against Southwest Baptist tonight in men's basketball action at Bearcat Arena. Senior Jesse Shaw canned the game-winner from the top of the key with :27 seconds left and senior Bilal Clarance hit all four of his free throw attempts in overtime to seal the victory.
Northwest jumps to 15-6 overall and 5-5 in the MIAA while Southwest falls to 9-10 overall and 3-7 in league action.
Down by seven points (69-76) with 2:05 left in the second half, a Byron Jackson jumper ignited Northwest's comeback. Junior Austin Meyer converted a three-point play at the :51 mark to cut the deficit at one point. After two Sheldon Pace free throws, Shaw stole the rebound from Chris Shulze and passed to senior Travis Gardner in the corner. Gardner drilled his second trey of the game to notch the score at 80-80 with :09 seconds left. Southwest got a opportunity to win in regulation but a Deon Davis attempt clanked off the rim.
In overtime, there were seven lead changes before Northwest took the lead for good on a Shaw three-pointer with :27 remaining. Two SBU field goal misses and a turnover combined with Clarance's accuracy from the charity stripe was all that Northwest needed.
Southwest used hot shooting early, hitting on its first five attempts, in sprinting out to a15-4 advantage. Northwest climbed back to take a brief 24-21 edge at the 9:10 mark - a trey by sophomore Brandon Maxie capped a 20-6 run.
The SBU Bearcats went up by as much as four before Gardner canned his first long-range bomb as the first half horn sounded and gave Northwest a 41-37 halftime edge.
SBU took a 65-56 second half lead after reeling off a 16-2 run over a 3:41 span. Meyer sparked the hosts to a 67-67 tie with a three-pointer, but the SBU Bearcats countered by scoring five straight. After a Martez Young dunk put the guests up by seven with just over two minutes left, Jackson began the Northwest game-ending run.
Overall, Northwest shot 48 percent (33-of-69) and 13-of-30 (.433) from three-point land. The hosts held a 85 percent (17-of-20) mark from the foul stripe. Southwest was 32-of-61 (.525) from the field including 14-of-32 (.438) from beyond the arc.
Northwest lost the rebounding war 32-39 but forced 23 turnovers.
Meyer led six 'Cats in double figures with 19 points on seven-of-14 shooting. Shaw added 17 points and five boards while junior Addae Houston came away with 14 and a game-best six caroms and six assists.
The guests were led by the 29 points from Sheldon Pace and 24 from Davis. Young finished with 14 points and six assists.
Notes: In the overall series, Northwest improves to 26-9 against SBU - SBU got by Northwest 88-81 in overtime in the first meeting this season (Dec. 30)...Southwest entered the game first in the nation in three-pointers made per game (12.2)...Northwest's Andy Peterson went down with a knee injury (sprained) with 18:06 left in the first half - Northwest started the game without the service of senior Sky Wilson with an injured knee...Junior Austin Meyer stands with 145 career three-pointers, chasing the career mark of 156 done by Scott Fleming...After going for less than 10 three-pointers in six straight games, Northwest has responded with back-to-back contests of 10 and 13...Northwest improves to 10-2 this year when making more foul shots than the opposition.
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