January 3, 2007
Northwest Hangs on For 78-72 Win Over Visiting Missouri Western
MARYVILLE - ( stats) #15 Northwest Missouri State scored the game's final six points and held on for a 78-72 victory tonight over Missouri Western at Bearcat Arena. Sophomore forward Hunter Henry's tip-in at the 3:06 mark started the 6-0 scoring run and Missouri Western did not score in the game's final 3:24.
The Bearcats win for the seventh time in eight games and improve to 10-2 overall and 3-0 in the league. Missouri Western falls to 8-4 on the year and 1-2 in the conference.
Things looked to be a blowout for Northwest in the game's first 10 minutes as the Bearcats opened up a 23-12 advantage with eight minutes elapsed. However, the Northwest offense went cold going 5-for-17 in the final 12 minutes of the first half and Missouri Western took a 44-40 lead into the locker room. MWSU's J.R. Reed notched 16 points in the first 20 minutes including his team's first 12 overall points.
But, two 3-pointers from junior Andy Peterson and freshman Lance Sullivan to begin the second half, which preceded a lay-up from Peterson, handed Northwest a 48-44 lead. Northwest would never trail from that point even though the Griffons tied the score eight times in the second half, the last being at 72-72 on a Joe Manthe bucket at the 3:25 mark.
After a 30-second timeout, Sullivan nailed his third trey of the game with :28 seconds remaining, to salt the game away for the Bearcats and open up a 77-72 lead. Sullivan ended with 15 points with 13 of those coming in the second half. Henry led his teammates in the scoring column with 17 while Peterson chipped in 14 and a team-best six boards.
Reed finished with a game-best 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Brian Videau was next in scoring with 13 to go along with six boards.
For the fourth straight game, Northwest forced over 20 turnovers as the guests from MWSU had 22. MWSU stuck in the game thanks to 51 percent (28-of-55) shooting while Northwest went 26-of-56 (.464) overall.
Northwest travels to Washburn for a 7:30 p.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 6. The Ichabods were defeated 80-77 by #8 Emporia State tonight and stand 5-7 overall and 2-1 in the MIAA.
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