January 31, 2007
Bearcats Erase 10-Point Halftime Hole, Win 63-58 vs. #9 Emporia State
MARYVILLE - ( stats) No. 16 Northwest Missouri State men's basketball erased a 10-point halftime hole thanks to 57 percent (13-of-23) shooting in the second half and took down No. 9 Emporia State, 63-58, for the second time in seven days. Northwest wins its 12th straight home contest out-scoring Emporia 43-28 in the final 20 minutes.
The Bearcats move to 16-4 overall and second-place in the league with a 9-2 mark. ESU falls to 17-2 on the year and 8-2 in the MIAA.
Going scoreless for over a nine-minute stretch in the first half, Northwest fell behind 26-14 after a Wes Book trey capped a 12-0 Emporia run. A basket by junior Kelvin Cayruth, who had eight points overall, helped Northwest shrink the ESU lead to 30-20 at the half -- Cayruth notched six straight points to end the half.
The Bearcats took its first second-half lead at the 3:42 mark (53-51) on two foul shots by freshman Lance Sullivan. The free throws were a key for the Bearcats as the team was 9-of-10 in the game's final five minutes. Junior Andy Peterson knocked down his third triple of the game, after two freebies, to give Northwest a 60-55 cushion heading into the 1:00 mark. ESU trimmed the lead to two points from there but after a turnover and two missed 3-pointers, the Bearcats handed ESU its second loss of the season.
Sophomore Hunter Henry went for 16 points and nine boards to extend his streak to 16 straight games over 10 points. Peterson collected 15 points while freshman John Hawkins hit for 10. ESU had four players over 10 points led by the 19 from Donta Watson.
Northwest held Emporia State to 37 percent shooting and just 8-of-26 (.308) from 3-point land.
Northwest hosts No. 2 Central Missouri on Saturday, Feb. 3 for a 3:30 p.m. start.
NOTES: Northwest came into the game with the 12th longest active home court winning streak in Division II ... Hunter Henry led the club for the 15th game in scoring and rebounding ... ESU shot 31 percent from 3-point range tonight after hitting for a 48 percent (13-of-27) clip last Wednesday ... Northwest wins its 9th straight at home versus Emporia State.
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