November 24, 2006
Four Players Reach Double Digits in 88-60 Win over Northern (S.D.) State
ABERDEEN, S.D. - ( stats) Junior guard Dillon Higdon put in a career-high 28 points with six three-pointers to lead No. 18 Northwest Missouri State men's basketball to an 88-60 win over Northern (S.D.) State tonight in the Super 8/Bob Wachs Classic in Aberdeen, S.D.
The Bearcats move to 4-0 for the 10th time under Coach Tappmeyer. The Wolves suffered their first loss of the season and drop to 4-1.
The Wolves grabbed a six-point lead on a three-pointer from Craig Nelson with 15:31 remaining in the first half. The Bearcats tied the game at 17-17 with a jumper from redshirt-freshman Lance Sullivan at 12:07.
Two free throws from junior forward Kelvin Cayruth with eight minutes remaining in the first half provided the spark to carry Northwest on a 25-1 run to close out the first half. Sullivan made his only trey of the evening in the last second of the first half to take the Bearcats into halftime with a 48-28 lead.
The Wolves committed 13 turnovers in the first half, resulting in 21 points for the Bearcats.
Northwest maintained control throughout the second half, allowing the Wolves to pull within 20 only once early in the period.
Higdon led all scorers with 28 points. Cayruth and Sullivan also recorded career-highs in scoring, with 12 and 10 respectively. Senior guard Reggie Robinson also tallied 11 points for the Bearcat cause. Cayruth and sophomore forward Hunter Henry led Northwest with four rebounds each.
Kevin Ratzch and Nelson led the Wolves with 11 points each.
Northwest remains in Aberdeen,S.D., tomorrow to take on the University of Mary at 6 p.m. Mary lost earlier this evening 71-70 to No. 15 Nebraska-Kearney in a last-second three-pointer.
NOTES: The last time four players scored 10 or more points for Northwest was in the 2006 Sweet Sixteen game against Tarleton (Texas) State on March 14 ... Higdon's six trey's ties him for fourth in all-time game records for three-pointers in a game ... Northwest shot 92.3-percent from the free-throw line in the first half, the best in a single half since Dec. 28, 2004 against Central Missouri (12-13, 92.3, min. 10 made) ... The Bearcats converted 13 straight free throws, the longest streak this season ... Northwest committed four turnovers in the first half, the fewest in a single half since a pair against Southwest Baptist in the second half on March 12, 2006.
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