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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

February 16, 2005

Bearcats Fall 80-69 versus Washburn

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Washburn raced out to a 46-27 halftime lead and held off a late Northwest Missouri State rally to gain a 80-69 victory tonight in MIAA men's basketball action at Bearcat Arena. After Washburn held a 53-30 lead, the Bearcats went on a 16-0 run and whittled away the lead to as little as seven at 48-55. But the Ichabods hit eight of nine free throws in the final three-plus minutes to seal the win and notch the season sweep.

Northwest falls to 17-9 overall and 7-8 in league play. The 'Bods improve to 21-5 and 12-3 in the MIAA.

The Bearcats led at 5-4, its only advantage of the game, after one of Austin Meyer's four treys. From there, the 'Bods countered with a 31-13 spurt to take a 35-18 lead with 6:54 to go in the first half. The guests maintained their hot shooting all through the first half going 55.9 percent (19-of-34) on their attempts including eight-of-15 (.533) from downtown to hold the commanding lead at intermission.

The second half was much the same for the Ichabods. They kept their torrid scoring pace but Northwest came back thanks to five staight makes from the field to cut the deficit at seven with just over 12 minutes left. But, Washburn responded with a 15-5 spurt to take back the momentum. The deficit was too much to surpass as the Bearcats lost for the third time this season at home - Northwest came into the year having dropped just three home matches in the last five campaigns.

Overall, Northwest was 38.5 percent (25-of-65) from the field, its fifth straight game under 45 percent. The 'Cats did notch 10 three's on 32 attempts (.313) and was nine-of-11 (.818) from the line. WU finished at 51.7 percent (30-of-58) overall including nine-of-21 (.429) from behind the circle. The Ichabods held a 41-30 rebounding edge and forced 20 turnovers.

Meyer hit for a team-high 17 points and snared a game-high eight boards. Senior Bilal Clarance and junior Addae Houston hit for 12 points apiece while freshman Joel Osborn netted 11 on three trifectas.

Steve Bonner led a balanced Washburn attack with a game-high 21 points on eight-of-10 shooting. He grabbed seven boards as well. Karlton Mims posted 18 points, four assists and three steals.

NOTES: In the overall series, Washburn improves to 51-26 having won five of the last seven meetings... Austin Meyer has hit for 10-plus points in six of his last seven games...Washburn hit its first free throw at the 16:04 mark of the second half...The three Northwest home losses is the most in a season since the club totaled a 10-4 home mark in 1998-99...Northwest is 11-3 on the season at Bearcat Arena - before this such record, the 'Cats were 32-2 before they lost their third home match...Meyer has hit for at least three treys in 11 games this season...Hitting on 10 three-pointers, Northwest has seen double-figures in nine games...Northwest lost for the second straight time at home, the first time since the middle of the 1998-99 campaign.

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