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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

November 26, 2005

Men's Hoops Moves to 5-1 on the Year, Defeats Sterling 80-67 at Washburn Classic

TOPEKA, Kan. - ( box score ) Five players scored in double figures as Northwest Missouri State men's basketball took down Sterling (Kan.) 80-67 tonight at the Premiere Mortgage / WIBW Radio Holiday Classic hosted by Washburn University. Senior Austin Meyer tied the Northwest lifetime mark for career three-pointers with 173 - Scott Fleming totaled the same amount from 2000-03.

Northwest moves to 5-1 on the season while Sterling falls to 3-5 overall.

After scoring a career-high 21 points last night in the 64-51 win, senior Xzavier Gaines notched a team-high 15 points to go along with seven rebounds. Sophomore Matt Withers ended with his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Withers, who was in foul trouble last night and was held scoreless, hit six-of-seven shots from the field.

Northwest only trailed once at 16-17 with 10:57 left in the first half. A free throw by Withers followed by two of Meyer's 12 points kick-started a 15-4 run and gave the Bearcats a 31-21 lead. Northwest held a 38-34 edge at the half.

Sterling hit its 11th trey with 6:40 left in the game to cut the gap to 66-59 but Northwest held on for the non-conference win.

Hitting for his first double-digit scoring effort this season, senior Addae Houston tallied 13 points in 21 minutes off the bench. Sophomore Andy Peterson finished with 10 points and four boards.

Sterling received 18 points from Tony Stewart and 12 points from Dallas Schnurr. Sterling was out-worked on the boards 40-28.

Northwest will next travel to Springfield, Mo. on Friday, Dec. 2 to take on Lincoln University. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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