March 11, 2007
Bearcat Men End 2006-07 Season in 72-61 Loss to Central Missouri in NCAA Regional Semifinal
WARRENSBURG, Mo. - ( stats) Central Missouri extended its home winning streak to 22 with a 72-61 NCAA South Central Region Semifinal win over Northwest Missouri State tonight at the Multipurpose Building. UCM, the No. 1 seed, shot 52 percent in the second half and 14-of-14 from the free throw line to extend a five-point halftime lead.
UCM now faces Southeastern Oklahoma State on Tuesday in the regional championship at 7 p.m. No. 2 seed SOSU hung on for 88-77 win in overtime over Midwestern (Texas) State today in the other semifinal.
"We really focused on how special this team was and how special of a season we had," said head coach Steve Tappmeyer. "These are a great bunch of guys. We got beat by a very good team but we battled all the way through."
Neither team led by more than four points in the game's first 14 minutes until a Bearcat 13-2 run. Junior Andy Peterson nailed two triples to lead the surge and Northwest held its largest advantage at 24-17 at the 5:29 mark. But from there, the Mules forced three Bearcat turnovers late turning those into four points.
Taking a 31-26 lead into intermission, UCM closed out the first 20 minutes with a 10-0 scoring run. The Mules shot just 40 percent (10-of-25) but held an 18-9 advantage on the glass.
Northwest got to within three points twice, the last being at 36-33 four minutes into the second half, but the Mules used excellent second-half shooting and a loud crowd of 5,100 to take over the game. UCM used a 19-8 run to take the life out of the Bearcats and end the season for the league co-champions.
Down by 17, Northwest chipped away the deficit to nine points at 68-59 with over a minute remaining. But, the lead was too much to overcome.
Sophomore Hunter Henry led the club with 14 points and nine rebounds - it was his 27th straight game of the season scoring over 10 points. Junior Matt Withers ended with 12 points.
Zach Wright led all scorers with 21 points thanks to 9-of-9 shooting from the charity stripe. Theo Jones added 12 points while Darryl Sommerset finished with 11 and eight boards.
UCM held a 35-20 rebounding advantage overall and finished at 46 percent from the floor.
Two Northwest seniors, Victor James and Reggie Robinson, finished their Bearcat career tonight. James played three minutes while Robinson had five points and a team-high four assists.
POST GAME NOTES
Northwest vs. Central Missouri Notes - March 11 (NCAA Regional Semifinals)
Northwest Tournament Notes:
…is now 1-2 this year against Central Missouri - the lone win snapping the UCM 19-game season-opening winning streak back on Feb. 3 at Bearcat Arena.
…stands 0-2 against UCM in the NCAA Tournament; a first-round loss (78-74) during the 1989 regional in Warrensburg when Northwest was the No. 2 seed.
…when playing host school's in the Tournament, Northwest is 1-6; the Bearcats defeated Southwest Baptist last season in the Semifinals in Bolivar.
…drops to 10-14 overall in the Tournament; 10-10 under coach Tappmeyer
…playing in 11th Tournament; 7th in the last 8 seasons.
…is 4-4 against teams from the MIAA.
…Central Missouri has now won 22 straight home games, the 3rd longest active streak in Division II - the last loss coming Jan. 14, 2006 against Emporia State (86-78).
…has lost four straight to UCM at the Multipurpose.
…has won 20-plus games in 7 of last 8 seasons; 16 overall in 93-year history.
…is 4-2 this year against the NABC Top-25.
…is 7-7 this season when trailing at the half.
...Northwest went on a 13-2 run over a 4:36 span in the first; took its biggest lead 24-17.
...UCM ended the half on a 10-0 run (final 4:02); led 31-26 at the break.
...Leading 36-33, UCM went on a 7-0 spurt over a 5:04 span in the second.
...Northwest came to within three points twice in the 2nd half, but never led.
...UCM's biggest lead was at 17 points (66-49) with 2:52 remaining.
...Andy Peterson scored his 5th point at the 10:05 mark in the first; he totaled five in the opening-round win last night.
...The first points scored by Hunter Henry, the team's leading scorer (17.7 ppg), occurred at the 7:35 mark of the first.
...Northwest shot its first free throws at the 17:42 mark of the second.
Northwest Individual Notes:
…Hunter Henry has now scored in double digits in 27 straight games, which is 2nd longest Bearcat streak since 1992-93 season - Scott Fleming had 28-gamer during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons.
…Reggie Robinson has gone over 100 assists on the season, the first player since 2004.
…Matt Withers scored in double figures for the 11th time this year; 2nd straight.
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