February 22, 2006
Bearcats End Regular Season With 73-58 Win Over Washburn
MARYVILLE, Mo. - ( box score ) Northwest Missouri State used a 16-3 run to end the first half and finished the regular season with a 73-58 win over visiting Washburn tonight in men's basketball action from Bearcat Arena. On Senior Night, Northwest swept the season series for the first time since 2001-02 and held a +15 scoring edge from the free throw line.
Northwest, who hits for 10 MIAA wins for the sixth time in seven years, improves to 19-8 overall and 10-6 in the league. Washburn drops to 10-15 on the year and 4-11 in the MIAA.
Andrew Meile, who collected all of his career-high 19 points in the first half, kept his team in control for the first 15 minutes. After junior Victor James brought Northwest to within a point at 21-20 at the nine-minute mark, Meile went to work hitting two straight 3-pointers and sparking a 10-4 run. But Meile's triple at the 2:10 mark was Washburn's only points in the final four-plus minutes as Northwest went on the game-changing run. At the half, Northwest held a 40-34 lead.
The Ichabods could never shrink the deficit under six points in the second half, the last being at 44-38 at the 16:36 mark. Two charities from senior Xzavier Gaines and a lay-up from senior Austin Meyer was the start of a 14-5 run over the next nine minutes. From there, the Bearcats connected on six straight free throws down the stretch and thwarted any WU comeback bid.
Junior Mose Howard hit for his fifth 20-point game of the year with 21 points - he totaled 21 in the last meeting against Washburn. Howard, who came into the game third in the league in steals per game, also posted five thefts. Meyer finished with 12 points and sophomore Andy Peterson held game-high honors in rebounding with six. Besides Meiles' scoring output for Washburn, Kris Milburn added 10 points.
Both teams hit eight treys and Washburn held a slight advantage from the floor going 45 percent (23-of-51) compared to 43 percent (23-of-53) for Northwest. WU turned the ball over 18 times.
Holding down the No. 4 seed at the end of the night, Northwest will await to find out its final place in the MIAA standings after Saturday's league games. The Bearcats will open up first round MIAA Tournament action on Friday, Mar. 3.
NOTES: With the win, Northwest still trails in the overall series with Washburn 50-31 ... The +15 advantage from the foul line is the most since a 22-6 margin (+16) against Texas A&M-Kingsville (Dec. 16) ... Austin Meyer is 17 points away from moving into the sixth spot in career scoring, he stands with 1,266 ... Three seniors were honored in pre-game festivities: Addae Houston, Austin Meyer and Xzavier Gaines - Houston posted eight points and three assists ... Northwest finishes its home season at 8-3.
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