Nov. 30, 2007
Pair of 5-0 Teams Meet Saturday at Bearcat Arena
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Third-ranked Northwest Missouri State and future-MIAA member Nebraska-Omaha begin the first of a home-and-away series at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bearcat Arena. It will be the first meeting between the two programs since 1978.
Both enter the weekend with identical 5-0 records. The Bearcats are coming off a pair of wins at Southern Indiana's Thanksgiving Tournament, which included a victory against 10th-ranked SIU. The Mavericks improved to 5-0 after beating Missouri Western 78-72 Tuesday in St. Joseph, Mo.
UNO placed four in double figures against the Griffons and got 16 points each from guards Michael Jenkins and Andrew Bridger. The Mavericks had 27 offensive rebounds in the contest and won the battle of the boards 55-38.
Nebraska-Omaha is averaging 89 points in its first five games while Northwest has yet to allow an opponent reach 70. Three of its five opponents failed to score 50.
Hunter Henry is the reigning MIAA Player of the Week after averaging 17 points and seven rebounds in three games. He tied his season high of 24 points against Southern Indiana and posted a double-double against Bellarmine. Henry has scored 10 points or more in 32 consecutive games, a program record.
Andy Peterson has scored 20 and 19 points in each of his last two games and is averaging close to 12 this season. He's been the Bearcats top 3-point threat this season.
Jenkins has been the star early for a team that's failed to win half its games since making back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2004 and 2005. He's gotten to the free-throw line 47 times in five games and has earned more than a third of his points at the charity stripe. Jenkins had a season-high 35 points against Bemidji State and is averaging 19 this season.
UNO was a team decimated by injuries a year ago and as a result finished 12-16. The Mavericks are in their third year under head coach Derrin Hansen, who served as the Mavs' assistant for seven years prior.
Northwest has fared exceptionally well at home against non-conference opponents, winning 55 of its last 56 games dating back to the 1996-97 season. The Bearcats have won 19 straight games at Bearcat Arena overall, a mark that is tied for the third-longest home winning streak in Division II.
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