January 27, 3007
Northwest Sweeps SBU in the Season Series 68-63; Wins 11th Straight Home Game
MARYVILLE - ( stats) No. 19 Northwest Missouri State held on for a 68-63 victory tonight over Southwest Baptist in men's basketball despite the SBU Bearcats hitting 15 three-point field goals at Bearcat Arena. The win was the 11th straight at home for Northwest.
Northwest improves to 15-4 overall and 8-2 in the conference. SBU falls to 11-8 and 5-5 in the MIAA.
After Northwest took its largest lead of the game at 19-8 at the 10:11 mark, the game went nip and tuck thanks to some long-range shooting by the guest from SBU. The purple Bearcats rattled off a 21-8 run to close out the half. By halftime, SBU made 7-of-19 treys and led 29-27.
Northwest held the lead for most of the second half until Jared Young nailed a trifecta for the guests and handed them a 55-53 lead at the six-minute mark. However, a three-point play from freshman Lance Sullivan got the lead back for Northwest and the hosts never trailed from that point on.
From the foul line, Northwest held a 18-4 scoring edge hitting 6-of-10 in the final five minutes of the game. Northwest shot 45 percent (24-of-53) overall while SBU went 22-of-64 (.344). Southwest Baptist ended 15-of-44 from beyond the arc.
Sullivan led Northwest with 17 points thanks to 8-of-11 from the foul line. Sophomore Hunter Henry posted his sixth season double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Reggie Robinson and junior Matt Withers each totaled 10 points. SBU's Jason Jemison led all scorers pouring in 26 points on the strength of seven treys.
Northwest stays at home to host No. 7 Emporia State on Wednesday, Jan. 31 for a 7:30 p.m. tip.
NOTES: The last four games in the series have been decided by a total of 11 points -- Northwest is 31-11 overall against SBU ... The 15 three-pointers allowed is tied for the most by an opponent this season -- SBU equaled that mark in the first meeting this season ... Southwest Baptist made just 7-of-20 field goals from two-point range ... Senior Reggie Robinson returned in the starting line-up tonight after not seeing any action at No. 7 Emporia State last Wednesday (injured - thigh) ... Sophomore Hunter Henry has now scored over 10 points in 15 straight games.
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