November 17, 2006
Bearcat Basketball Uses 30-0 Run to Put Away Upper Iowa 86-41 in Season-Opener
MARYVILLE, Mo. - ( stats) In the first game of the Ryland Milner Classic, Northwest Missouri State men's basketball went on a 30-0 run in the second half to blow the game open and put away Upper Iowa tonight 86-41 in both team's season-opener. Northwest, ranked No. 18 in the NABC Coaches' Poll (Nov. 7), held the visiting Peacocks without a point for nearly nine-and-a-half minutes early in the second stanza.
The Bearcats led 14-2 just four minutes into the game sparked by four quick points from sophomore Hunter Henry. Upper Iowa stayed close thanks to 14 first-half points from Marcus Uhlenhopp. Consecutive three-pointers by Uhlenhopp cut the Northwest margin to seven points at 20-13 mid-way through the first half. However, a lay-up by senior Victor James ignited the Northwest offense and the Bearcats led 38-22 at intermission.
At the 18:17 mark of the second half, UIU's Josh Handke put in two points and the score was 43-24 in favor of the Bearcats. But, Upper Iowa went cold from there missing eight straight shots and had nine turnovers over the scoreless streak. Overall, Upper Iowa totaled 28 turnovers.
Henry finished with a career-high 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting and a game-best eight rebounds. Junior Andy Peterson poured in 19 points while James chipped in 10 points. Uhlenhopp was the lone Peacock in double-figures with 20 points.
Northwest shot 55 percent (28-of-51) from the floor while UIU was 31 percent (13-of-42).
Northwest will rest on Saturday before hosting Lincoln (Mo.) on Sunday in the final game of the Ryland Milner at 3:30 p.m.
NOTES: Hunter Henry's previous career-high was 17 against Southwest Baptist on Feb. 18, 2006 ... The 28 turnovers for Upper Iowa is the most for a Bearcat opponent since Graceland (Iowa) committed 30 on Nov. 22, 2005 ... Upper Iowa made just five field goals in the second half ... The Northwest bench held a 32-8 scoring advantage.
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