January 28, 2006
Bearcats Fall Short in Overtime 73-69 Against Mules
MARYVILLE, Mo. - ( box score ) Central Missouri State's Michael Hicks scored 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds helping the visiting Mules secure a 73-69 overtime win over Northwest Missouri State in men's basketball action tonight in front of 1,791 fans at Bearcat Arena. The previous meeting this year went into double overtime with CMSU pulling out a 99-94 victory on Dec. 31.
Northwest falls for the second straight time and now stands 15-5 on the year and 6-3 in MIAA play. Central Missouri wins its third in-a-row and improves to 16-4 and 6-3 in the conference. Southwest Baptist, after its 76-74 win tonight over Emporia State, now holds sole possession of first place in the league. Northwest, CMSU and Truman State are all tied for second.
In a low-scoring first half of play, Central Missouri went up by as much as eight points on a David Hilliard lay-up at the 2:51 mark. At that point, CMSU held a 27-19 edge. But, thanks to junior guard Mose Howard, who finished in double-figures (15) for the 14th straight game, brought the Bearcats back with eight straight points before the half, Northwest led 31-27 at intermission. A Reggie Robinson lay-up capped a 11-0 run in the final two-plus minutes for the Bearcats.
Neither team could take control in the second half until the Mules took its largest lead at 57-48 on a Hicks bucket with 4:45 remaining. This time, sophomore forward Matt Withers connected on a jumper and senior forward A ustin Meyer hit a long-range bomb to ignite a 13-4 spurt in the final stretch of regulation. After Robinson hit one foul shot to put the hosts up 61-59, Corey Brown quieted the crowd with two charities of his own with less than one second showing on the clock and the game went into overtime.
Northwest grabbed momentum early in the extra five-minute frame with a 66-62 lead but Central notched six straight points and 11 of the game's final 16 to snatch the road win.
Northwest was led by Howard's 15 points followed by 14 from senior Xzavier Gaines and 10 apiece from Meyer and Robinson. Meyer and Gaines each grabbed seven rebounds but Central still held a dominating 49-36 edge on the glass.
Alonzo Brooks was the only other Mule in double figures with 12 and Hilliard added 10 rebounds and six points. CMSU held a 24-10 scoring advantage at the free throw line but turned the ball over 22 times compared to the 14 by Northwest.
The Bearcats stay home on Wednesday, Feb. 1 against Truman State. Tip-off from Bearcat Arena is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
NOTES: The last four contests between these two clubs have been decided by 5.2 points ... Reggie Robinson reached double figures for the first time since Dec. 16 - a span of eight games ... Mose Howard ties Kelvin Parker for the longest stretch of 10-plus points of 14 games - Parker did the feat in 2003-04 ... This game marked the 20th straight time that Northwest had fewer turnovers than the opponent ... CMSU has won the last four meetings against Northwest ... Coming into the game, Central made more free throws (137) than Northwest attempted (135) in conference play and that fact held true tonight with CMSU holding a 24 makes to the 17 attempts by Northwest ... The 22 forced turnovers was the 11th time a Northwest opponent has been over 20 ... Northwest falls to 0-3 in overtime matches this year.
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