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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

February 12, 2005

Northwest Loses 81-69 at #23 Pittsburg State

PITTSBURG, Kan. - The Northwest Missouri State men's basketball team got out-scored 48-22 in the first half and dropped a 81-69 decision at #23 Pittsburg State this afternoon in MIAA action. Junior Austin Meyer led the club for the team-leading 11th time in scoring with 15 points and he added seven boards.

Northwest drops to 17-8 overall and 7-7 in the MIAA. Meanwhile, Pitt State, who has won five consecutive on the season, jumps to 19-4 on the season and 10-4 in league action.

PSU sprinted out to a 14-4 advantage at the 13:18 mark. A conventional three-point play and two free throws by senior Sky Wilson sandwiched by a jumper from senior Byron Jackson cut the deficit to two at 15-17 with 10:34 to go in the first half. But, that was the closest the guests would get as PSU received ample scoring from several Gorillas throughout the first period.

The Gorillas, who shot 71 percent (17-of-24) in the first half, went on scoring runs of 10-0 and 8-0 to hold a commanding 48-22 lead at the half. Northwest was 0-for-11 behind the arc shooting 31 percent (eight-of-26) overall from the floor in the first 20 minutes.

PSU increased its lead to 28 points at 55-27 with 14:45 to go in the second half. From there, the 'Cats rattled off the game's next 12 points to come within 39-56 - PSU went without a point for a 6:14 stretch. The guests continued the pressure closing the gap to 10 points at 62-72 under four minutes capped by a Jesse Shaw trey. However, the deficit was too much for Northwest to overcome as the time ran out.

Overall, Pitt State was 60 percent (25-of-42) from the field while Northwest was 39 percent (22-of-57). Both clubs connected on eight trifectas with all of the Gorillas long-distance baskets coming in the first half. The hosts also held a 34-26 rebounding edge and 17-8 assists advantage.

A total of four Bearcats reached double figures with junior Addae Houston and freshman Joel Osborn posting 11 points apiece and Shaw hitting for 10. All of Osborn's points came in the second half.

The Gorillas received 20 points, six rebounds and four assists from Jason Taylor and 17 points from Andy Wachter. Justin White led the club with eight caroms and added seven points.

The Bearcats play host to Washburn on Wednesday, Feb. 16 for a 7:30 p.m. start at Bearcat Arena. Three of Northwest's final four conference games will occur at home

NOTES: Northwest trails 46-53 in the overall series …The 22 first-half points ties a season-low done against Central Arkansas, Nov. 27…Three Gorilla players hit for 10-plus points by halftime…Junior guard Eddie Jackson did not dress (ankle) for the Gorillas - he entered the week as the MIAA's leading scorer…Northwest's Sky Wilson, who sat out a total of 10 games this year due mostly to knee problems, went out of the game with 9:09 left with what appeared to be a knee injury…The Bearcats hit on their first three-pointer at the 19:47 mark of the second half…Allowing 59.5 percent, that is the highest for a Northwest opposition this season…Northwest now falls to 0-4 against ranked opponents in 2004-05.

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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