November 19, 2005
Austin Meyer Scores 1,000 Career Point in 80-62 Northwest Win
ST. JOSEPH , Mo. - ( box score) Northwest Missouri State men's basketball held a 42-19 second-half scoring edge and came from behind in the final 20 minutes to defeat Baker (Kan.) University 80-62 tonight in the second day of the Hillyard Classic hosted by Missouri Western. Senior forward Austin Meyer notched his 1,000 career point with his game-high 18 points on the night. Meyer, who becomes the 14th 1,000 point scorer in Northwest annals, needed exactly 18 going into the game to achieve the landmark.
The Bearcats trailed 43-38 at the half and used a 27-10 run out of the break to take a 65-53 lead at the 10:44 mark. Meyer's lone three-pointer sparked the rally as the forward from Blue Springs, Mo. scored the first eight points during that run.
Northwest jumped out to a 20-10 lead forcing seven Baker turnovers in the first eight minutes of action. However, BU held Northwest to just four field goals for nearly nine minutes and took a 30-28 advantage before the half. Baker went on a 33-18 run to end the first half after trailing by 10.
Senior Xzavier Gaines added 11 points and sophomore Matt Withers came away with his third straight game of double-digit points with 10. Meyer tied for game-high honors with nine boards.
Northwest forced 26 turnovers and committed just 11 in the game. After getting out-worked on the glass by 14 last night, Northwest held a slim 32-31 edge in rebounds.
David Ward led Baker with 14 points while Greg Allen was the other double-digit scorer with 10.
Northwest, now 2-1 on the season, next hosts Graceland (Iowa) on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Rockhurst drops to 5-2 overall.
NOTES: Matt Withers is the lone Bearcat to score 10-plus points in all three games this season ... Northwest improves to 9-1 in the all-time series with Baker ... After going 10-of-20 from three-point range in the season-opening win against St. Mary, Northwest is just nine-of-43 (20.9%) ... Junior forward Ed Hudson saw his first action of the season tonight totaling seven minutes.
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