Decembe 16, 2005
Bearcats Hang on for 73-68 Win
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. - The Northwest Missouri State men's basketball team jumped to a big halftime lead, thanks in part to a 30-18 run in the last 10 minutes of the half, and held on for 73-68 win tonight over Texas A&M-Kingsville in the Incarnate Word Classic.
Northwest held on to a halftime lead at 42-27, but had its largest lead of the half at 16 with 37 seconds left on a tip in by redshirt freshman Hunter Henry (Lenexa, Kan.).
The last time Kingsville had the lead in the game came with 16:33 left in the first half on a jumper by Juan Lanauze (7-6), who finished the game with 13. Kingsville held the lead until junior Reggie Robinson (Chicago, Ill.) hit a pair of free throws at 15:17 left in the first half, and Northwest took a 8-7 lead. The two free throws were a part of Robinson's game and career-high 21 points.
In the second half, Northwest hit the first six points of the half and had its largest lead of the night 48-27. Senior Xzavier Gaines (Grandberry, Tex.) had two of his 12 points with 18:13 left in the game to help Northwest to the 21-point lead.
However for the Bearcats, Kingsville got hot and went on a 25-11 run and chipped the lead down to 59-53. Later in the second half, Northwest saw the lead continue to fall and Texas A&M-Kingsville got the game down to one three different times.
To end the game, Northwest went on a 6-2 run to secure the ballgame and the win on a jump shot by sophomore Andy Peterson (Trenton, Mo.). Peterson finished the game with 14 points, one shy of his career-high.
Northwest shot just 39 percent (23-of-59) from the floor but held a 22-6 scoring edge from the free throw line.
Remi Yusuf led the Javelinas with 20 points and eight rebounds.
Northwest now moves to 7-2 on the season, while South Central regional foe Texas A&M-Kingsville falls to 5-3 on the season. The Bearcats will be back in action tomorrow at 5:15 p.m. against Dallas Christian in the Incarnate Word Classic - this is the first meeting between the two schools.
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