MARYVILLE - ( stats ) Sophomore Hunter Henry posted a career-high 33 points, hitting 4-of-4 from 3-point range, lifting the No. 18 Northwest Missouri State Bearcats to a 87-85, double-overtime victory over visiting Washburn from Bearcat Arena. Northwest went on a 11-4 run in regulation to tie the score up at 61-61 and sent the Bearcats to their 14th straight home win.
Northwest, who has now won a series-long four in-a-row against Washburn, moves to 19-5 overall and 12-3 in the league. WU falls to 8-16 and 4-11 in the conference.
Northwest trailed by as much as six points in the first half and fell behind 27-24 going into the locker room. Henry kept his club in the game notching half of the points (12).
Henry's runner in the lane at the 17:36 mark in the second handed Northwest its first lead of the game (33-31) before Washburn rattled off a 19-6 spurt in the next six-plus minutes. Then, it was the Lance Sullivan show in the final seven minutes of the second frame.
After hitting a trey from the top of the arc, Sullivan converted a three-point play and Northwest only trailed 59-52. Junior John Hawkins hit a bucket before Sullivan, who finished with 17 points and a career-high 10 assists for his first double-double, stepped up with 1:20 left and tied the score at 61-61. Sullivan had 14 points after the half.
Despite three straight long-range bombs from Northwest in the first overtime, the Ichabods' Reed Hein knocked down one of his five 3-pointers with :11 seconds left in the first overtime. That shot tied the count up at 72-72 and Northwest was headed to its first double-OT game since last season.
Down 85-82, WU's Grant Hargett turned the ball over with :22 seconds remaining and Hawkins sealed the victory with two more free throws. Hawkins helped Northwest shoot 24-of-27 from the free throw line as he was 3-of-4. Henry went 13-of-14 in freebies.
Hawkins complimented Henry and Sullivan in the scoring column with a career-high 15 points while junior Andy Peterson chipped in 11. Frank Phifer gathered a double-double for Washburn with 32 points and 11 rebounds shooting 12-of-13 from the floor.
Northwest had a season-low five turnovers while it forced 18 WU turnovers. The Bearcats held a 14-point advantage from the charity stripe and needed those points after shooting 39 percent (26-of-66) overall. WU was 55 percent (32-of-58) and out-rebounded the Bearcats 40-29.
The Bearcats host Missouri Southern on Saturday, Feb. 17 for a 3:30 p.m. contest. The Lions handed Northwest its first MIAA loss of the year, 59-57, back on Jan. 10.
NOTES: The 33 points scored by Hunter Henry is the most for a Bearcat since Tyrone Brown poured in 33 against Graceland on Nov. 20, 1999 ... This was the first 2OT game since Feb. 8, 2006 when the Bearcats took down Emporia State 108-101 ... Lance Sullivan's 10 assists is tied for third-most in Northwest history (available archives) and the most since Sky Wilson had 10 on Jan. 3, 2005 ... The 13 free throws made by Henry is tied for sixth all-time -- Jamie Hoberg made 13 on Nov. 18, 1994 ... Northwest was -22 in free throw scoring in the last three games before tonight.