January 21, 2006
Northwest Nails Season-High 14 Treys in 90-42 Win Over Pittsburg State
MARYVILLE, Mo. - No. 23 Northwest Missouri State men's basketball went a 19-0 run to start the game and forced 24 turnovers overall cruising to a 90-42 victory over Pittsburg State this afternoon at Bearcat Arena. The 48-point win was the largest in the series as PSU did not score a point until the 14:10 mark of the first half.
Northwest, who moves to 15-3 overall and 6-1 in the league, has won six straight to stay on top of the league standings. Pitt State falls to 6-12 on the year and 2-5 in MIAA play.
The Bearcats scorched out to the early lead thanks to great shooting going 7-for-7 to start the game. By the time Northwest missed its first field goal, the hosts led 17-0 and PSU had five turnovers and three missed shots. Even the first miss for Northwest was cleaned up on a tip-in by redshirt freshman Hunter Henry to cap the 19-0 spurt.
A 3-pointer by PSU's Eddie Jackson halted the Northwest scoring run and started a mini PSU comeback. The Gorillas, on the strength of four treys in the next five-plus minutes, cut the gap to 24-16 at the 8:36 mark. However, Northwest ran up the count to 43-18 at the half outscoring the Gorillas 19-2 in the final eight minutes.
PSU had 16 turnovers compared to just seven made field goals by intermission.
The second half continued to be the same for Northwest as the lead never dwindled under 20 points. All 12 Northwest players in uniform saw action with 11 of them finding the scoring column.
Pitt State shot just 31 percent (15-of-48) overall and went 5-of-21 (.238) from three-point land. Conversely, Northwest shot 56.5 percent (35-of-62) from the floor and hit a season-best 14-of-25 (.560) treys.
Senior Xzavier Gaines finished with a game-best 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Three Bearcats reached 11 points including senior Austin Meyer, senior Addae Houston and junior Mose Howard. It was Howard's 12th straight game over 10 points - the best scoring stretch for a Bearcat since Kelvin Parker went 14 consecutive games during the 2003-04 season. Sophomore Matt Withers, the team's leading rebounding on the year, grabbed a team-high six caroms and added eight points.
Jackson was the sole Gorilla in double-figures with 17 points on seven-of-20 shooting. Edward Morris posted 10 rebounds and six points.
The Bearcats travel to No. 24 Truman State on Wednesday, Jan. 25 for a league encounter beginning at 7:30 p.m. Truman got past Emporia State this afternoon 61-58.
NOTES: With the win, Northwest still trails in the overall series 53-47, but improves to 14-5 at home ... The old highwater mark for margin of victory for Northwest in the series was 39 during the 1960-61 season ... Pitt State attempted its first free throw attempt at 14:03 mark of the second half ... The 48-point victory is the largest win in MIAA play for Northwest since a 100-51 (+49) victory against Central Missouri State at Bearcat Arena in the first round of the MIAA Tournament on Feb. 26, 2002 ... Junior guard Brandon Maxie scored his first points (5) since he went for 10 against Dallas Christian (Dec. 17) - a span of eight games ... The 18 first half points allowed is the fourth time this year an opponent has failed to score 20 points by halftime ... The league statistical rankings were true form - coming into the game, Northwest was first in scoring defense (61.1) while PSU was last in scoring at 70 ... During the current six-game winning streak, Northwest has held every opponent under 70 points ... This game marked the 18th straight that Northwest had fewer turnovers than the opponent (12-24) ... The Bearcats are 11-0 this year when the game is decided by 11 or more points.
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