March 10, 2007
Bearcat Men Advance to NCAA Regional Semifinals with 74-53 Win over Pittsburg State
WARRENSBURG, Mo. - ( stats ) Northwest Missouri State men's basketball hit 54 percent of its shots and advanced to the semifinal round of the South Central Region Tournament with a 74-53 win tonight against No. 5 seed Pittsburg State at the Multipurpose Building on the campus of Central Missouri. Northwest, who is the No. 4 seed, will face No. 1 seed Central Missouri at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
"Pittsburg State is a team we have a lot of respect for," said head coach Steve Tappmeyer. "I think we had a great week of practice and it showed tonight. A lot of guys contributed and we felt that was very important."
Down 16-9, Northwest made a charge starting with a basket by sophomore Hunter Henry at the 13:56 mark. Four minutes later, Northwest led 19-16 after a 10-0 spurt. A lay-up by Joe Bridges brought the Gorillas within one point but that was the closest they would get. A 25-foot 3-pointer by freshman Mike Larsen as the shot clock wound down provided a Bearcat spark. A pair of treys later, both courtesy of MIAA Freshman of the Year Lance Sullivan, and Northwest forced a Pitt State time-out at the 3:45 mark and the Bearcats were up by a 35-23 count.
Northwest led at the half 44-28 behind the strength of 63 percent (15-of-24) shooting including 6-of-10 from three-point land. The inside muscle for Pittsburg State had to sit much of the first half with the two starting forwards plagued with two early fouls. Northwest was able to hold a 20-11 rebounding edge in the half.
The lead never shrunk under 13 points in the second half as Northwest hit 19-of-22 freebies.
Northwest placed five scorers in double-figures with Sullivan's 19 at the top of the heap. Henry and Larsen each put in 12 points while juniors Kelvin Cayruth and Matt Withers each posted 11. Cayruth grabbed a career-best eight rebounds while Withers had seven.
Carlos Taylor was the game's leading scorer finishing with 24 in the losing cause.
After getting out-rebounded by 52 combined in the three previous meetings, Northwest held its own tonight with a 31-30 slight edge. PSU shot just 31 percent (16-of-51) overall and 59 percent (17-of-29) from the free throw line.
Northwest takes on Central, who Northwest is 1-1 against on the year with the win (Feb. 3) snapping the UCM 19-game season-opening winning streak.
Northwest vs. Pittsburg State - March 10, 2007 (NCAA - First Round)
Northwest Team Tournament Notes:
…Northwest moves to 10-13 overall; 10-9 under coach Tappmeyer
Northwest Individual Tournament Notes:
Kelvin Cayruth …
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