Dec. 1, 2007
Hoop's Lose; Break Home Court Win Streak
MARYVILLE -- The Northwest Missouri State men's basketball team dropped a non-conference match-up with Nebraska-Omaha, 80-66, losing their first home game since Feb. 2, 2006. The Bearcats never led and the Mavericks hot shooting, hitting 10-of-27 from 3-point range, kept Northwest from making a run in the second half.
The loss drops the Bearcats to 5-1 and improves the Mavericks to 6-0.
Nebraska-Omaha started the game with an 8-2 lead, but Northwest countered with an 8-3 run trailing 10-11 at the 15:21 mark. The Mavericks would not allow Northwest to get any closer extending the lead to as much as 17-points in the first half. Nine points by Lance Sullivan helped Northwest cut the deficit to 12 at half, 40-28.
The Bearcats would battle back-and-forth with Omaha in the second half but could not cut the deficit into single digits as the Mavericks countered most of Northwest baskets. Two free-throws by Hunter Henry got Northwest within 11 at the 3:21 mark, but the Mavericks sunk six straight shot from the charity stripe to eliminate a Bearcat comeback.
Sullivan led Northwest with 16 points, hitting 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Henry extended his double-digit scoring streak to 33 games, scoring 12 of his 14 points in the second half.
The Bearcats struggled to contain Michael Jenkins and Andrew Bridger, who poured in 21 and 18 points respectively and Justin Peterson dominated the glass recording 15 boards, 11 on the defensive end.
Northwest will battle Nebraska-Omaha again on Dec. 14 in Omaha, Neb. at 8 p.m. Before the rematch, the Bearcats will have an exhibition contest versus the Dream Builders on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.
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