January 11, 2006
Bearcats Shut Down Missouri Western 63-48
MARYVILLE, Mo. - (box score) Northwest Missouri State scored the first 14 points out of the locker room and shut down the Missouri Western offense in the second half rolling to a 63-48 victory tonight at Bearcat Arena. Missouri Western made just six-of-20 (.300) field goals and totaled 12 turnovers in the second half as the Bearcats won their seventh in-a-row in the series.
The 48 points scored by Missouri Western is the fewest ever in the 59-game series with Northwest.
Northwest improves to 12-3 overall and 3-1 in the MIAA while Missouri Western loses its third straight and falls to 10-6 on the year and 1-4 in the league.
Ice-cold shooting was the theme tonight with neither team hitting double digits until redshirt freshman Hunter Henry made good on a lay-up at the 13:11 mark. At that point, Northwest held a slight 10-8 lead. The Bearcats extended that cushion to six points at 21-15 off a foul shot by senior Xzavier Gaines with seven minutes remaining.
From there, Northwest could only muster one basket as the Griffons went on a 12-2 run and took a 27-23 lead into the break. Of Missouri Western's nine first-half baskets, seven were from three-point land.
Five consecutive points by junior Mose Howard and two free throws by sophomore Matt Withers gave Northwest the lead for good and sparked a 14-0 run for Northwest out of the half. A lay-up by Brian Videau stopped a 6:22 scoreless drought for the guests but at that point, Northwest had control 37-29.
The guests trimmed the lead to six on two occasions but sophomore Joel Osborn rattled home a triple with 3:14 to go and his basket pushed back the Northwest lead to 55-46. That lead was never threatened from there and the season-high crowd of 2,152 was sent home happy.
Gaines led the club for the fifth time this year in scoring with 16 points on three treys. Howard added 14 points and five assists while Henry went for 10 points. Jason Warren and Demarius Bolds had 14 apiece for the Griffons.
For the 15th straight game, Northwest forced more turnovers than it committed (21-13). Northwest shot 45.7 percent (21-of-46) from the field while Missouri Western went 15-of-43 (.349) overall with nine of those makes via the three-pointer.
Northwest heads to Missouri Southern on Saturday, Jan. 14. The men's game begins at 3 p.m. in Joplin, Mo.
NOTES: Missouri Western still holds a slight lead 30-29 in the overall series ... Northwest has won the last four meetings against MWSU in Bearcat Arena ... The 2,152 fans in attendance is an overflow crowd ... Hunter Henry has averaged 6.7 points in his last three games up from his season clip of 4.4 ... Northwest wins for the third time this year when trailing at the half - Northwest is 3-2 in those contests ... Mose Howard has hit for double figures in his last nine games.
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