Dec. 14, 2007
Hot-Shooting Bearcats Return the Favor; Top UNO
OMAHA, Neb.-No. 13 Northwest Missouri State avenged its only loss of the season Friday with an 84-62 upset victory at No. 12 Nebraska-Omaha. The Bearcats hadn't played a game in nearly two weeks, but shot better than 50 percent on the road to improve to 6-1.
Andrais Thornton scored a season-high 18 points off the bench and Andy Peterson scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half to pace the Bearcats. Denny Johnston and Michael Jenkins had 16 points each for the Mavericks (7-1), which beat Northwest 80-66 Dec. 1 in Maryville, Mo.
Northwest used a 15-2 run towards the end of the first half to help take a 37-25 lead into the break. UNO drew no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Peterson nailed a 3 on the first shot of the game and drilled back-to-back treys early in the second half to set the tone. Peterson was 6-of-7 from the field and has now scored 17 or more points in three of his last four games.
Peterson's hot hand opened the paint for Thornton and Matt Withers, who chipped in a season-high 13 points. Northwest hit five 3's in the game and scored 40 points in the paint.
The Mavericks cut the deficit to 52-44 early in the second half, but Thornton responded with back-to-back buckets and Peterson stripped and slammed on the ensuing possession to quickly build the lead back to 14. Hunter Henry completed the 8-0 Bearcat run with a bucket on a nice pass from John Hawkins.
Henry was 3-of-10 from the field and finished with six points, ending his school-record string of double-digit scoring performances at 33 games. The last time Henry failed to score 10 points in a game was Nov. 24, 2006 at Northern State (six points).
Freshman Eddie Gray was 7-of-8 from the free-throw line and had a career-high 16 points for Northwest. He also had two assists and three steals. Lance Sullivan had just one field goal, but had three assists, five rebounds and a career-best five steals.
Jenkins, who had a game-high 21 points in the Mavericks win at Bearcat Arena, scored one point in the first half Friday. UNO shot 50 percent in Maryville, but just 36.2 percent on its home court.
Andrew Bridger had 18 points against Northwest in game one, but had seven in the rematch. Justin Peterson had 15 rebounds in Maryville, but six Friday. The Bearcats outrebounded the Mavericks 41-29 at Sapp Fieldhouse.
Up Next: Northwest returns to Maryville and will quickly pack its bags for Texas. The Bearcats will compete at the River City Classic in San Antonio early next week. Northwest takes on Ouachita Baptist Monday and Central Oklahoma Tuesday. Both games will start at 10:30 a.m.
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