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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

February 26, 2005

Season-Ending 76-51 Win Over UM-Rolla Preps Northwest Before MIAA Tournament

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The Northwest Missouri State men's basketball team bid farewell to Missouri-Rolla with a 76-51 victory this afternoon on Senior Day in Bearcat Arena. The Miners wrapped up play as a MIAA member today as they will join the Great Lakes Valley Conference in 2005-06.

Northwest, who end their run with UM-Rolla with six straight home wins in the series, jump to 19-10 overall and 9-9 in the MIAA. Missouri-Rolla finish the season at 10-17 and 4-14 in conference play.

The Miners started impressively racing out to a 31-18 lead leading up to the 5:54 mark of the first half. At one point, senior Jermaine Burks scored 20 of the Miners first 27 points in the game including 11 straight. He ignited his club to the 13-point edge.

Junior Addae Houston jump-started a 14-2 Northwest counter to close out the final 5:54 of the first stanza. UM-Rolla clung to a 33-32 lead at the break.

One of five treys from Burks at the 16:03 mark of the second half gave his club its final lead at 40-38 but a lay-up from Houston and four straight Northwest triples sealed the game-clinching 14-0 run and put the hosts up 52-40. The lead never shrunk below 10 points from that point on.

The Bearcats kept up the scoring barrage in the second half as they out-scored the guests 44-18 in the final 20 minutes and held them to 23 percent (six-of-26) shooting.

Overall, Northwest went for 53 percent (29-of-55) from the field and hit eight-of-17 (.471) from downtown. The eight trifectas gave Northwest 259 season three-pointers, which set a school record. The 2002-03 program held the old one with 257.

The Miners finished at 34 percent (18-of-53) from the field and just six-of-24 (.250) from deep.

Houston and senior Byron Jackson finished with 15 points apiece while junior Austin Meyer tallied 10 and five assists. Jackson corralled a game-high nine boards. All 12 Bearcats who saw the court notched at least one point.

Burks came away with a career-high 38 points on 13-of-33 shooting.

The Bearcats will find out later today who they will play and what seed they will hold for the MIAA Tournament. The first round begins on Friday at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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