November 18, 2005
Bearcats Get Stopped 90-81 in Double Overtime vs. Rockhurst at Hillyard Classic
ST. JOSEPH , Mo. - ( box score) Northwest Missouri State men's basketball lost 90-81 in double overtime against Rockhurst tonight in the Hillyard Classic hosted by Missouri Western. The double overtime battle was the first multiple overtime game for Northwest since Feb. 20, 1991 in the 110-107 three overtime win at Lincoln.
Rockhurst's Joey Deas lead all scorers with 36 points on 11-of-18 shooting including seven-of-14 from three-point range. Deas poured in 25 of his total points after halftime including a game-tying three pointer at the end of regulation.
Northwest held a 66-63 lead with six seconds left in regulation after a free throw by junior Mose Howard. However, Deas hit a three with three seconds left to send the game into the first overtime stanza. The Bearcats would turn the tables in the first overtime as they trailed by two points with eight seconds left. Junior Reggie Robinson, who finished with 20 points on seven-of-11 shooting, connected on a jumper with two seconds left. The score stood 74-74 going into the second overtime.
The lead changed hands three times to start the second overtime as sophomore Andy Peterson hit a layup to put Northwest on top 80-78 with 3:25 left. From there, the Northwest offense went cold as it could only muster one free throw in the game's final three minutes. Kevin Martin connected from downtown, which ignited a 12-1 Rockhurst run to end the contest. RU hit seven-of-eight free throws down the stretch to hold off the Bearcats.
Howard finished with a team-high 21 points on seven-of-14 shooting. Peterson had a team-best eight rebounds to go along with eight points and sophomore Matt Withers chipped in 12 points and five rebounds in 32 minutes of action.
The Eagles received a monster game from Kevin Martin as he tallied 18 rebounds and 17 points in 48 minutes.
Rockhurst shot 47.8 percent from the floor compared to 44.1 percent for Northwest. The Eagles also held a 48-36 rebounding edge.
Northwest drops to 1-1 on the young season while Rockhurst improves to 2-0 overall. The Bearcats play in the second and final day of the Hillyard Classic on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Northwest tangles with Baker (Kan.) University.
NOTES: Northwest still leads the series with Rockhurst 38-19 including eight wins in the last 10 meetings ... Senior Austin Meyer has totaled 982 career points looking to become the 14th Northwest scorer to surpass 1,000 points ... Allowing 90 points is the most since a 96-90 overtime win vs. Southwest Baptist, Jan. 29, 2005 ... Junior Reggie Robinson sat out Tuesday's season opener due to a concussion ... The loss in the second game of the season was the earliest for Northwest since dropping the season opener in 1996-97.
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