January 14, 2006
Northwest Wins Fourth Straight MIAA Game, Escapes Missouri Southern With 52-50 Win
JOPLIN, Mo. - ( box score ) Senior Austin Meyer hit three of four free throws in the final 35 seconds and helped Northwest Missouri State erase a late deficit in the 52-50 win over Missouri Southern in men's basketball this afternoon at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. Junior Mose Howard hit a game-high 19 points and went over 10 points for his 10th straight game.
Northwest wins its fourth straight in the league and improves to 13-3 overall and 4-1 in circuit play. Missouri Southern falls to 9-7 on the year and 2-3 in the conference.
The host Lions led the first 15 minutes to start but never by more than five points. With the score 13-8 in favor of MSSU at the 10:27 mark, the Northwest defense stiffened. Over the final 8:16 of the first stanza, Missouri Southern went one-for-nine from the floor and turned the ball over six times. Down by four points, a basket by redshirt freshman Hunter Henry began a 7-0 run and Northwest scored 13 of the half's final 15 point to forge a 24-17 lead at the break. Senior Addae Houston knocked in a triple and a jumper for the final five points.
Missouri Southern had 14 turnovers in the first 20 minutes. Both teams were ice cold from the field with Northwest at 30 percent (9-of-30) and Missouri Southern at 28 percent (7-of-25).
After a Meyer tip-in at the 10:44 mark, the hosts reeled off 10 straight and took its first lead of the second half 41-36. The game was nip-and-tuck from there with Northwest slowly cutting the deficit.
A trey and a jumper by Howard gave Northwest back the lead at 47-46 with three minutes remaining. After the Lions held a 50-49 cushion at the 1:47 mark, Meyer came through at the foul line despite being limited to just four field goal attempts. Meyer is the team's second best free throw shooter carrying an 83 percent clip into the contest.
MSSU had three chances under 1:23 to win the game thanks to two Northwest misses on the front end of the one-and-one bonus but the Bearcats forced a turnover with seven seconds remaining. The alternate possession gave the ball back to Northwest, and after one Meyer free throw, an attempt by Quentin Edwards clanged off the rim as the horn sounded.
Northwest shot a season-low 31 percent (20-of-64) but forced 20 MSSU turnovers. The Lions were not much better at 38 percent (21-of-56) and just 2-of-13 (.154) from three-point land.
Sophomore Matt Withers grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and contributed six points. Edwards was tops for the Lions in the scoring column with 13 points while Ed Miles had 11. Dan Jones posted a game-high 11 caroms to go along with nine points.
Northwest next plays at home against Emporia State on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
NOTES: Overall, Northwest leads the series 19-10 and improves to 5-8 in Joplin, Mo … Junior guard Reggie Robinson sat out his second straight game with an injured shoulder (left) … The 17 first half points allowed ties a season low for an opponent - Dallas Christian had 17 on Dec. 17 … Xzavier Gaines was held scoreless for the first time this year as he entered the game with a team-high 13.4 scoring average … Missouri Southern was out-rebounded for the just the fourth game all year as Northwest held a 44-41 edge … Northwest forced the opponent into more turnovers for the 16th straight game this year … Northwest has won seven of its last eight games overall … The Bearcats better
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