February 1, 2006
Northwest Goes Down 76-71 Against #22 TrumanMARYVILLE, Mo. - ( box score) No. 22 Truman State used a 13-0 second-half run to break a 34-34 halftime tie and held on for a 76-71 victory over Northwest Missouri State in men's basketball play tonight at Bearcat Arena. TSU's Nick Certa hit 4 of 4 free throws in the final 21 seconds to help the Bulldogs snap a seven-game losing streak in Maryville.
Northwest, who held the fourth spot in the South Central Region poll this afternoon, loses its third straight and falls to 15-6 overall and 6-4 in the conference. Truman, ranked fifth in the region, improves to 17-4 and 7-3 in the conference.
Truman's Austin Kirby, who finished with a team-high 24 points, scored the team's first 11 and lifted Truman to an early edge. His third triple gave Truman a 11-7 lead at the 14:06 mark. Down by six at 26-20, Northwest crept back in the final 10 minutes to tie the score. An acrobatic fast-break layup by senior Austin Meyer, followed by his free throw, put Northwest on top 21-20 before there were three lead changes to end the half. Sophomore Matt Withers knotted the count with a traditional three-point play to cap the first-half scoring.
Of Truman's 12 first-half field goals, eight were from beyond the arc. Kirby was 5 of 5 from downtown totaling 17 points.
After one of Meyer's five treys brought Northwest to within a 38-37 count to start the second half, two straight layups by TSU's Andy Calmes ignited the 13-0 spurt that Northwest could not weather. The Bearcats whittled the gap to three points twice in the final minutes, the last at 74-71 with nine ticks showing, but Certa's free throw efforts iced the road win for the Bulldogs.
After the 60-56 win last Wednesday over the Bearcats, Truman has now swept the season series for the first time since the 1998-99 season.
Meyer went for a game-high 25 points on 9 of 18 shooting and he pulled down a team-best six boards. Withers and senior Addae Houston finished with 11 points apiece followed by 10 from senior Xzavier Gaines. Calmes helped Truman hold a 32-29 rebounding edge with 12 caroms and he chipped in 10 points.
Northwest allowed Truman to shoot an opponent-high 55 percent (27 of 49) from the field. The Bulldogs connected on 13 of 26 (.500) from three-point land. The Bearcats, who did not shoot a free throw in the second half, was 43.5 percent (30 of 69) from the floor and five-for-for from the charity stripe.
Northwest hits the road for an encounter at Pittsburg State on Saturday, Feb. 4. Tip-off from John Lance Arena begins at 3:30 p.m.
NOTES: The all-time series moves to an even 89-89 draw ... Northwest got just six bench points as two regulars were injured - Andy Peterson played 11 minutes but had a broken nose suffered last Saturday and Hunter Henry was sidelined with a sprained foot and is out indefinitely ... Mose Howard had his 14-game scoring streak over 10 points snapped with his eight-point effort tonight ... With a three-pointer, it was the first time in 15 games Howard did not hit a trey ... Northwest continued to protect the ball posting just eight turnovers to 15 by Truman - it was the 21st straight game this year that Northwest has had fewer turnovers ... Northwest falls to 1-3 against ranked opponents this year
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