December 4, 2005
Northern State Halts Long Home Winning Streak at Northwest With 79-69 Win
MARYVILLE, Mo. - ( box score) No. 12 Northern State snapped Northwest Missouri State's 47-game home nonconference winning streak with a 79-69 win this afternoon at Bearcat Arena. Northwest, who never led in the game, cut the deficit to three points early in the second half but the Wolves held on to stay unbeaten in 2005.
Northwest loses for the first time at home against non-MIAA competition since Wayne (Neb.) State, Dec. 14, 1996. On the year, the Bearcats stand 6-2 overall. Northern State improves to 8-0 as it picks up its first road win of the season.
Led by the 11 first-half points by sophomore Andy Peterson, Northwest stayed within striking distance in the first 20 minutes. Peterson connected on two layups and one trey for Northwest's first seven points. Each time Northwest came within three points, Northern seemed to pull away using free throw shots and timely three-pointers. After junior Reggie Robinson hit a long-range shot with 7:05 in the first, NSU got a three from Luke Wicks and two free throws by Aaron Busack to stretch the lead back to eight.
Northern State held a 37-32 edge at the half.
One of senior Xzavier Gaines' three three-pointers at the 17:14 mark of the second half put the count at 43-40 in favor of the Wolves. From there, two trifectas ignited a 20-9 Northern State run which put the game out of reach.
Gaines finished with a team-high 17 points, his sixth straight contest with 10-plus points. Peterson tied a career-high with 15 points on seven-of-10 shooting. Junior Mose Howard added 12 points. Busack was the game's high scorer with 19 points with 11 coming the charity stripe.
Northern State shot 45.8 (22-of-48) percent from the floor while Northwest went a season-low 37.7 (23-of-61) overall. The Wolves out-scored the Bearcats 26-17 from the foul line and held a 44-29 rebounding edge.
The Bearcats will host Livin' The Dream in exhibition play next Saturday at 7 p.m.
NOTES: This was the first meeting between the two schools ... Northwest is -12 in free throw scoring in the last two games - the four games before that, Northwest was +40 ... Austin Meyer failed to reach double-figure points (6) for just the second time all year ... The Bearcats have forced more turnovers than the opposition in all eight games after NSU had 14 compared to six by Northwest.
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