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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

January 6, 2007

The Bearcat Men Start 4-0 in Conference Play with 69-58 Win Over Washburn

TOPEKA, Kan. - ( stats) The #15 Northwest Missouri State mens basketball team starts the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association with four straight wins after beating Washburn 69-58. Despite being doubled in field goal percentage in the first half, Northwest shot 26 percent and Washburn 50 percent, the Bearcats found a way to pull out a win.

Trailing at half, 31- 25, Northwest pulled ahead with a Lance Sullivan 3-pointer with 10:20 left in the second half and never trailed again. The final margin of victory was the biggest lead for Northwest, hitting 12-of-14 free throws down the stretch.

Junior guard John Hawkins posted a career-high 14 points, also a game-high, hitting 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Freshman guard Lance Sullivan also contributed 14 points, while two other Bearcats, sophomore Hunter Henry and senior Victor James, hit double-digits. Sullivan grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists, both Bearcat highs.

Washburn was led by forward Kyle Synder's 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line. Synder also led Washburn on the boards with nine total rebounds. Only one other Ichabod chipped in 10 or more points with guard Andrew Meile recording 10.

Northwest committed only nine turnovers compared to Washburn's 19. Northwest shot 80.8 (21-26) percent from the charity stripe while the Icabods hit 66.7 (10-15) percent.

Northwest now sits 11-2 overall and 4-0 in the MIAA. The Bearcats will travel to Missouri Southern on Jan. 10 for a 7:30 p.m. game before hosting Pittsburg State on Jan. 13 at 3:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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