February 9, 2005
Northwest Has Torrid Second Half in 65-54 Win at Truman State
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State held Truman State scoreless in the second half during a 5:31 stretch and notched 10 straight points during that stint lifting the team to a 65-54 win tonight in men's basketball action at Pershing Arena. The Bearcats trailed 24-27 at the half and used a 20-3 run in the middle of the second stanza to take a 56-39 lead and momentum of the contest.
Northwest, who has won three out of its last four overall and five straight in the series, jumps to 17-7 on the season and 7-6 in the MIAA. Truman falls to 6-16 and 2-11 in the league.
After a lethargic start which saw both clubs go a combined two-of-15 from the field in the first five-plus minutes, Truman took a 17-12 lead at the 8:17 mark. The hosts opened up the lead thanks to a 8-1 spurt. The Bearcats climbed back to a 22-22 tie off of two straight triples from freshman Joel Osborn with 2:43 remaining in the first.
The Bulldogs scored two of the half's final three baskets to take a 27-24 lead in to the locker room. Balanced scoring was the case with 13 players between the two teams notching points in the first stanza. Truman held a 46 to 35 percent shooting edge.
Truman clung to a 31-29 lead after two free throws by Derek Lindsey at the 16:53 mark in the second frame. That was the last time Truman led as a trey by sophomore Brandon Maxie began Northwest's second half dominance. Northwest out-scored the hosts 41-27 in the final 20 minutes.
After Northwest grabbed its biggest lead of the night at 56-39 with under six minutes, the Bulldogs rattled off 11 consecutive points to close the gap at six (50-56) with 1:50 left. Junior Austin Meyer, who scored 19 of his game-high 22 points in the second half, hit a jumper and added four more points in the final two minutes to help secure the win.
Northwest went five-of-seven from the charity stripe in the final 1:50 of the game.
The Bearcats finished 41 percent (22-of-54) from the floor including eight-of-18 from three-point land. Northwest tied a season-low with five turnovers. The hosts cooled off to 37 percent (20-of-54) after hitting on 30 percent of their tries in the second half. Truman held a 38-32 advantage on the glass.
Meyer, who notched his 20-point effort of the year, finished eight-of-17 from the floor including three-of-six from beyond the arc. He added a career-high four blocks. Three other 'Cats had eight points or better as Osborn had nine, junior Addae Houston totaled eight and senior Byron Jackson posted eight and a team-best nine boards.
Truman was led by the 12 point, 15 rebound effort of Andy Calmes. Austin Kirby hit four three-pointers on his way to a team-high 16 points.
Northwest will look for revenge as it visits Pittsburg State on Saturday, Feb. 12. Tip-off from John Lance Arena is set for 3:30 p.m.
NOTES: Northwest holds a slim 89-87 overall advantage in the series with Truman having won eight out of the last nine meetings…Senior Sky Wilson saw action after sitting out for the last three games with an injured knee - Northwest is 6-4 without him and 11-3 with him in the lineup…The 24 first half Northwest points ties the second lowest output done versus Central Missouri (Feb. 2) - NMSU's season low is 22 against Central Arkansas (Nov. 27)…The 'Cats improve to 3-6 on the year when trailing at the half…Northwest is 4-0 this year when Austin Meyer reaches 20 points…The Bearcats move to 11-0 this year when holding the opposition to under 40 percent…Austin Meyer moved to second-place alone in career three-pointers as he holds 151 in his three-year stint at Northwest.
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