January 13, 2007
Ninth Straight Home Win Goes In Northwest Favor 69-64 Over Pittsburg State
MARYVILLE - ( stats) Winning its ninth straight at home, No. 11 Northwest Missouri State took down Pittsburg State 69-64 this afternoon from Bearcat Arena. Sophomore forward Hunter Henry hit for his 11th straight 10-plus scoring game with a team-high 18 to go along with five rebounds.
Northwest betters its record to 12-3 on the season and 5-1 in the MIAA while PSU falls to 9-6 and 2-4 in the league.
Both teams struggled early to find the basket going a combined 0-for-14 from the floor to begin the contest. A tip-in by PSU's Daniel Blair tickled the twine first and tied the score up at 4-4 at the 14:02 mark --- both clubs went 6-for-6 from the foul line to start.
Northwest, who forced 18 turnovers including 10 in the first half, took a 29-21 halftime lead. The first-half advantage was the first for the Bearcats this season in MIAA play. The Bearcats led by as much as 10, 27-17, after a 3-pointer by junior Kelvin Cayruth.
The second half started out to be a Northwest blow-out as the hosts connected on their first five shots from the field. The lead grew to 17 points at 58-41 after a trey by freshman John Hawkins at the 8:06 mark. However, the Gorillas fought back on the strength of good shooting. PSU went 6-for-11 from the field in the game's final eight minutes and 9-of-10 from the charity stripe to make the score close.
Pittsburg State came within four points twice in the final minutes but freshman Lance Sullivan went 3-for-4 from the foul line to seal the MIAA victory.
Northwest was out-rebounded 38-22 today as PSU's Cory Abercrombie notched a double-double with 10 rebounds and 21 points. Northwest shot 47 percent (23-of-49) overall while PSU was 42 percent (22-of-53).
Junior Andy Peterson complimented Henry's scoring effort with 10 points and three steals. Keith Windom added 14 points for the visiting Gorillas with 12 coming in the second half.
The Bearcats host Truman State on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Truman was a 60-45 winner today versus Washburn.
NOTES: Northwest turned the ball over just 12 times after a season-high 25 last Wednesday ... The 22 rebounds is a season-low ... The Bearcats connected on their first 12 free throws ... The Bearcats have had fewer turnovers in 13 of 15 games this year.
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