January 25, 2006
Northwest Men Come up Short in 60-56 Loss at Truman State
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. - Truman State scored the final six points, all inside the paint under a minute remaining, and came back to win 60-56 over No. 18 Northwest Missouri State tonight at Pershing Arena. In a frantic finish, Northwest had three opportunities but came up short and the loss ended a six-game winning streak.
Northwest led throughout most of the first half in a low scoring affair. Truman came to within 8-7 at the 13:40 mark, but Northwest reeled off six straight to take an early14-7 lead. Over the next six minutes, the hosts went on an 11-2 spurt to take a brief lead, 18-16 at the 4:49 mark.
Down by two, Northwest senior Xzavier Gaines sparked a 14-5 run with his first trey of the game. The run spanned the final 5:53 of the half and the Bearcats took a 30-23 advantage at intermission.
Junior Mose Howard, who finished with a team-high 15 points, kept the guests on top out of the locker room. Howard sandwiched a jumper in between two triples giving Northwest a 38-29 lead at the 16-minute mark. Taking its biggest lead at 47-36 on two free throws from Gaines with 9:58 left, Northwest went cold from the field. Missing six straight field goals, the Bearcats could not weather the Truman offensive outburst down the stretch.
That Truman outburst began on a lay-up from Grant Agbo and a jumper from Andy Calmes. Those two buckets sparked an 18-7 run, which tied the count at 54-54 with 1:30 remaining. Truman went six-of-seven from the field during that stretch.
Gaines put Northwest up for the final time at 56-54 before the three straight lay-ups gave Truman the home win and snapped a five-game losing streak in the series.
Gaines tied with Howard for team-high point honors with 15. Redshirt freshman Hunter Henry corralled a team-high six boards. Chip Sodemann led the Bulldogs with 16 points. Andy Calmes secured 14 rebounds and six points for the hosts.
Truman shot 47.9 percent (23-of-48) compared to just 37.7 percent (20-of-53) for the Bearcats. TSU held a 36-24 rebounding advantage.
Northwest begins the second half of conference play on Saturday when Central Missouri State visits Bearcat Arena. Tip-off on Saturday evening is slated for 7:30 p.m.
NOTES: Northwest still leads the overall series 89-88 but falls to 14-18 on the road in the series … Northwest was ranked first for the second straight week in the South Central Region polls while Truman was sixth, announced this afternoon … The Bearcats have held the opposition to less than 30 points at the half in the last six games after Truman went for only 23 … Northwest loses for the first time in 12 games when leading at the half this year … Mose Howard scored in double figures for the 13th straight game, the longest streak for a Bearcat since Kelvin Parker went 14 straight during 2003-04 …With fewer turnovers (12-18), it was the 19th consecutive time Northwest has had fewer turnovers.
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