January 24, 2007
No. 19 Bearcats Hand No. 7 Emporia State First Loss of Season in 89-72 Road Victory
| EMPORIA, Kan . - ( stats ) No. 19 Northwest Missouri State men's basketball broke No. 7 Emporia State's 16-game season-opening winning streak, thanks to a season-high 12-of-18 (.667) effort from three-point land, in taking down the Hornets 89-72 tonight from White Auditorium. The win snaps the 12-game home court-winning streak of the Hornets as well. |
Northwest, who wins its fifth straight in the series, moves to 14-4 on the year and 7-2 in the league. ESU falls to 16-1 overall and 7-1 in circuit action.
ESU opened up a 16-0 lead in just three minutes of action hitting 4-of-5 three-pointers. Junior Andy Peterson started the comeback for Northwest, going on a personal 11-point scoring run. His effort ignited a 28-8 spurt over an 11-minute span and at that point, Northwest held a 28-24 lead at the 6:00 mark.
Northwest held a 39-34 halftime lead thanks to a 12-0 margin in second-half points.
After a 3-pointer for Emporia to open the second half, sophomore Hunter Henry started a Northwest scoring flurry. His basket at the 18:13 mark sparked a 12-3 run and the Bearcats took momentum of the game, 53-40. Both teams traded baskets for the next two minutes but the Hornets could only cut the gap to 10 with 12 minutes left.
Peterson hit one of his career-high five treys on the front end of an 8-0 spurt and his play ensured Northwest would not allow a comeback. The native of Trenton, Mo., went for a team-high 22 points in the same gym that saw him go for a career-high 23 points last season.
Freshman Lance Sullivan tied a person-high with 20 points going 5-of-7 from three-point land. Junior Matt Withers went for 15 points while Henry finished with 14 points. Freshman Mike Larsen, part of a backcourt to score a combined 52 points, had five points, and a career-high eight assists and seven boards.
Emporia's backcourt duo of DeAndre Townsend and Donta Watson poured in 26 and 24 points, respectively. The tandem went 10-for-19 from three-point range.
After getting out-rebounded in the last three games by an average margin of -14.7, Northwest was +13 tonight on the glass (36-23). Northwest shot 53 percent (31-of-59) overall and held a 34-16 scoring advantage in the paint. Emporia was held to 42 percent (22-of-52) from the floor but stayed in the game with a 13-of-27 (.481) effort from behind the arc.
Northwest comes home to open up the second half of MIAA play welcoming Southwest Baptist on Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. tip. SBU (11-7, 5-4 MIAA) defeated Missouri Western 81-66 tonight at Missouri Western.
NOTES: In the all-time series, Northwest leads 27-17 having won 11 of the last 13 against the Hornets … The 12-game home winning streak for Emporia was tied for the ninth longest active streak in Division II … Junior Rashad McKinnie saw his first action since Dec. 4 - a stretch of 11 games - as he played 15 minutes and had two rebounds … Hunter Henry goes for his 14th straight double-figure scoring game … The 12 3-pointers is a Northwest season-high and the most since going for 17 at Emporia last season … The 17-point loss for ESU is its worst at home since a 75-57 loss to Northwest during the 2001-02 season … Northwest's first basket came at the 16:51 mark … The win against a ranked opponent on the road was the first since the regional win at Southwest Baptist (83-80) on March 12, 2006.
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