February 2, 2005
Northwest Drops 79-64 Game to #14 Central Missouri StateMARYVILLE, Mo. - #14 Central Missouri State shot 52 percent and held a +11 rebounding edge in the 79-64 victory over host Northwest Missouri State tonight in men's basketball action. After a three-point play by junior Austin Meyer cut the deficit to 58-67 at the 2:11 mark, the Mules hit on both field goal attempts and all seven free throw tries to seal the win.
Northwest falls to 15-7 overall and 5-6 in the MIAA race while Central jumps to 16-4 and 9-2 in league action.
The visitors out of CMSU led for the first 10 minutes of the opening stanza until Northwest took its first advantage (20-17) at the 9:58 mark on a three-pointer by senior Bilal Clarance. A long-range bomb by Michael Hicks ignited a Mule run that ended with his club holding a commanding 66-46 lead with 4:35 to go in the game.
Over the course of 29:34, Central Missouri took momentum with a 49-26 run holding Northwest without a basket for 8:14 during the end of the first half. During Northwest's cold stage, CMSU scored 10 straight points.
Overall, Northwest went 39 percent (25-of-65) from the field and only nine-of-27 (.333) from three-point land. Central was 10-of-18 (.556) from beyond the arc and made 19-of-26 (.731) free throw attempts. The 'Cats were five-of-11 (.455) from the charity stripe.
The guests held a 40-29 rebounding edge.
Redshirt freshman Joel Osborn went for a game-best 16 points with four treys; it is his best output since a career-high 24 vs. Manhattan Christian (Nov. 19). Senior Jesse Shaw finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four steals and Meyer posted 11 points. Senior Byron Jackson nabbed a game-best nine caroms.
Seven players scored for Central led by the 22 from Michael Hicks. He was a perfect five-of-five on treys as he also corralled eight rebounds. Derek Weber added 19 points while Mike Suggs had 13 points and nine rebounds.
Northwest will next begin a three-game road trip with a visit to Emporia State on Saturday, Feb. 5. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Hornets out-lasted Missouri Western tonight in overtime 84-80 to move a game ahead of the 'Cats in the MIAA standings at 6-5.
Notes: In the overall series, the Mules have won the last two and lead 111-81 - before the CMSU win streak, the 'Cats won 10 consecutive...The 15-point Northwest loss is its worst at home since a 20-point setback vs. Washburn on Feb. 25, 1995...Joel Osborn, who scored 16 tonight, had a combined 14 points in the previous seven games...Northwest hit its first free throw at the 10:54 mark of the second half...The Bearcats went for their 14th starting combination tonight...The CMSU starters totaled 70 of the team's 79 points...In the last five contests, the Bearcats have shot 42 percent from the floor compared to 51 percent from the opponent.
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