Nov. 24, 2007
Northwest Wins Clash of Top-10 Teams
EVANSVILLE, Ind.-Fourth-ranked Northwest Missouri State used an 18-0 run in the second half to erase an 11-point halftime deficit and beat No. 10 Southern Indiana 74-66 Saturday at the SIU Bill Joergens Memorial Tournament.
Northwest forward Hunter Henry tied his season-high of 24 points and extended his school record string of consecutive double-digit scoring outputs to 32 games. He was 11-for-11 in his 24-point effort against St. Mary. He was 10-for-11 Saturday against the Screaming Eagles (2-2).
Andy Peterson had 20 points and Lance Sullivan added 13 for the Bearcats (5-0). Sullivan did all of his scoring in the second half. He also had five rebounds and five assists in the frame.
Darren Cloud had 24 points to lead a trio of Screaming Eagles in double figures. Cloud had six 3-pointers and 20 points in the first half to help Southern Indiana take a 43-32 halftime lead. He was 0-for-4 from behind the arc in the second half and had just one field goal in the final 20 minutes.
Tyson Schnitker had 14 points for Southern Indiana and knocked down a 3-pointer to give the home team a 50-38 lead with 15 minutes remaining.
But Northwest made eight shots in a row while SIU missed its next eight and had four turnovers. A steal and breakaway layup by Sullivan pulled Northwest within three. Henry scored on the Bearcats' next possession to cut the lead to 50-49. Sullivan followed with a 3 to give Northwest its first lead of the game with 10 minutes left to play.
Howard and Henry completed the 18-0 run with buckets before Anthony Pimble knocked down a 3 for Southern Indiana. It was the only trey of the game for Pimble, who had 16 points.
Andrais Thornton gave Northwest a 61-57 lead with a layup with four minutes to go and a 69-62 lead with another field goal with a minute remaining. Sullivan made 5-of-6 free throws in the final 25 seconds to seal the win.
Northwest has won its first five games of the season for the first time since the 2004-05 campaign. The Bearcats return home and will host Nebraska-Omaha at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.
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