December 9, 2006
Robinson Hits Late Free Throw To Give Northwest a 81-80 MIAA Opening Win at Southwest Baptist
BOLIVAR, Mo. - ( stats) Senior guard Reggie Robinson converted a free-throw with four-tenths of a second remaining on the clock to put the Northwest Missouri State men's basketball team over Southwest Baptist 81-80 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association opener for both teams.
Northwest, who stands No. 20 in the latest NABC Coaches' Poll (Dec. 5), improves to 7-1 on the season and 1-0 in the MIAA. Southwest Baptist, the defending conference champions, drops to 5-3 overall and 0-1 in MIAA action.
Southwest Baptist opened the game with a pair of three-pointers from Jason Jemison to take an early six-point lead before Northwest put together a 16-4 run beginning at 18:29. Sophomore forward Hunter Henry sparked the run with a lay-up followed by his first career trey to accumulate 10 points within the Northwest run.
A jumper from Jemison with 5:41 remaining in the half ignited a 12-0 Southwest Baptist run, allowing the purple Bearcats to build a 17-point lead with under three minutes remaining before halftime.
Northwest answered back with an 11-4 run to close out the half, with Robinson leading Northwest with eight points in the time span. Northwest entered the locker room down 53-46, allowing 10 three-pointers from SBU in the first half.
Coming out of haltime, Northwest rattled off 10 unanswered points, holding Southwest Baptist scoreless for over five minutes to build a narrow 56-53 lead. Henry scored eight of the first 10 points in the second half, aided by four-of-four shooting from the charity stripe within the run.
Northwest held a six-point lead with 2:12 remaining before Southwest pulled within two with a trey by Jared Young with 1:52 on the clock. Neither team would score until Robinson converted on one of two free throws to give Northwest a 80-77 lead with 28 seconds remaining.
Southwest Baptist tied the game with a three-pointer from Jim Grabowski with 14 ticks remaining on the clock. Northwest brought the ball back down the court when Robinson was fouled on a lay-up with four-tenths of a second remaining. He converted on the first free throw and missed the second, allowing the green Bearcats to take the 81-80 victory.
Henry led Northwest with five rebounds and a career-high 23 points. Robinson added 18 and freshman guard Lance Sullivan matched his career-high by putting 13 points in for the Northwest cause.
For Southwest Baptist, Jemison led the purple Bearcats with 19 points. Jared Young led both teams with six rebounds.
Northwest will be in action again at the River City Classic in San Antonio, Texas. Northwest will take on Metro State (Colo.) on Dec. 19 in a 2:30 p.m. and Midwestern State (Texas) at 12 noon on Dec. 20.
NOTES: Junior guard Andy Peterson returns after missing four games due to a sprained MCL … The 53 points scored by Southwest Baptist in the first half were the most allowed in a single half since Jan. 23, 2003, when Emporia State scored 60 in the second half … Robinson's career-high eight assists ties him for tenth in all-time game records … The one-point win for Northwest is the closest game between the two teams since Southwest Baptist took a 66-65 victory on Jan. 20, 1990.
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