January 17, 2007
Bearcats Hold Truman to 28 Percent in the Second Half in 70-52 Victory
MARYVILLE - ( stats) Northwest Missouri State, the No. 15 team in the NABC/Coaches' Poll, held visiting Truman State to 28 percent (8-of-29) shooting in the second half in taking a 70-52 conference victory tonight at Bearcat Arena. Truman turned the ball over 19 times overall and scored just 21 second-half points.
Northwest wins its 10th straight at home and improves to 13-3 overall and 6-1 in the league. Truman falls to 10-6 on the year and 4-3 in the MIAA.
The host Bearcats were sloppy in the early going committing four turnovers in the first four-plus minutes. At the 14:13 mark, Northwest fell behind by its largest deficit 16-9 after a 3-pointer by TSU's Nick Certa. The tide turned as a trey from freshman John Hawkins sparked a 26-15 Northwest run to end the first half. The Bulldogs went scoreless for a stretch of nearly seven minutes as Northwest got back in it with eight straight points and led 35-31 at the half.
Out of break, Northwest opened up a nine-point advantage, 40-31, before Truman tied the score up at 44-44 at the 12:13 mark. The hosts then scored the next seven points and held the Bulldogs to just four points over an eight-minute stretch. At that point, Truman was forced to foul and Northwest took advantage of their free throw opportunities.
After the four early turnovers, Northwest coughed up the ball just twice thereafter and made its free throws hitting a season-best 23 on the night.
Sophomore Hunter Henry scored a game-best 22 points for his 12th straight 10-plus game. Junior Andy Peterson added a season-high 20 points on a career-high 8-of-17 shooting while senior Reggie Robinson finished with 16. Senior Grant Agbo was the lone Bulldog scorer in double figures with 18 points.
Truman finished at 36 percent (18-of-50) from the floor, the eighth Northwest opponent held under 40 percent. The Bearcats shot just a bit better at 39 percent (22-of-56) but finished with a season-low six turnovers.
Northwest hits the road at #3 Central Missouri on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. matinee. The Mules host Fort Hays State tomorrow (Thursday) evening.
NOTES: Northwest shot a season-high 32 free throws connecting on 23 of them ... Hunter Henry finished with his sixth game over 20 points this season and tied a career-high with four blocks ... Northwest has held 11 opponents this year to 60 points or fewer ... Truman swept the season-series in 2005-06 ... Andy Peterson's career-high came at Emporia State last season when he finished with 23 points.
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