December 30, 2006
Bearcats Get Past Fort Hays 72-54 Thanks to Second Half Scoring Outburst
HAYS, Kan. - ( stats ) Six different players scored during a decisive 17-0 run as No. 12 Northwest Missouri State came from behind to defeat Fort Hays (Kan.) State 72-54 in league action at Gross Memorial Coliseum tonight. Fort Hays went scoreless for over seven minutes in the second half as Northwest turned a 36-33 edge to a 53-33 commanding lead.
Northwest goes to 9-2 on the year and 2-0 in the MIAA. Fort Hays drops its fourth game in six contests and now is 7-4 overall and 0-2 in circuit play.
Down by its largest deficit of the first half, 20-14, Northwest rattled off eight straight points to go up 22-20 with 3:00 left. Junior Andy Peterson made two baskets to key that run.
Northwest stayed close in the first half by its defense once again, this time forcing 11 Tiger turnovers while only having four themselves. The hosts held a 27-25 edge at the half holding a +8 in the rebounding department.
A three-pointer by senior Reggie Robinson three minutes into the second half put the Bearcats up to stay, 32-31 as his bucket sparked the game-decisive run. Fort Hay's leading scorer Jeff Pruitt (14.7 ppg), who finished with eight points, ended the 7:02 scoring drought with a 5-footer in the lane.
The Tigers got to within 62-51, but Northwest's second half scoring spree, a 47-27 advantage, was too much to overcome for the hosts.
Sophomore Hunter Henry went for his seventh straight double-digit scoring mark with a team-best 18 tonight on 6-of-10 shooting. Robinson complimented him in the scoring column with 17 to go along with six assists. Alex Davenport led all scorers with 22 points for the Tigers.
Northwest, who held its eighth opponent this year to 60 points or fewer, limited FHSU to 38 percent shooting and forced 20 turnovers. The Bearcats went 23-of-49 (.469) overall including 80 percent (20-of-25) from the free throw line.
Next up for the Bearcats is a home contest with rival Missouri Western at Bearcat Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 3 with the start at 7:30 p.m.
NOTES: The first free throws of the game were attempted by Northwest's Hunter Henry at the 3:36 mark of the first half … Reggie Robinson hit for 17 points, the third time this season over 10 points … Junior Andy Peterson left the game with an apparent head injury at the 14:59 mark of the second half - Northwest rattled off 15 straight points after the injury … Nine Bearcats scored in the game compared to six by Fort Hays.
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