Jan. 4, 2007
Bearcats Look to Rebound Against Tigers
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State (8-2, 0-1 MIAA) looks to get even in the league standings against Fort Hays State (8-1, 1-0 MIAA), winner of eight in a row, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday inside Bearcat Arena.
The 11th-ranked Bearcats lost their MIAA opener to Southwest Baptist by a point Wednesday while the Tigers knocked off No. 23 Emporia State by two. Fort Hays upset No. 8 Southwestern Oklahoma State one game prior. Northwest represents Fort Hays' third consecutive nationally-ranked opponent.
Northwest has lost back-to-back home games for the first time in nearly two years. That comes after the Bearcats strung together a 19-game home win streak. Northwest hasn't lost its first two conference games since the 1996-97 campaign.
Northwest swept the season series with Fort Hays a year ago, winning 72-54 in Hays and 66-40 in Maryville. Hunter Henry, a sophomore a year ago, led the Bearcats in both games with 18 and 16 points, respectively. The Tigers failed to place a player in double figures at Bearcat Arena.
The Tigers switched from the RMAC to the MIAA last season and finished 6-12 in league play. Injuries plagued the team for much of last season. Fort Hays had a conference record of 68-27 in its previous six seasons in the RMAC.
Henry's 13.9 points per game average will be the highest on the court Saturday. Fort Hays senior guard Jake Sims and junior forward Shawn Emerick both average 11.3 points to lead the Tigers. Sims also leads the team in both rebounds and assists.
Both teams have 10 players averaging more than 10 minutes per game. The Tigers have an 11th player averaging a little more than nine minutes.
Northwest guard Mose Howard came off the bench and scored a team-high 17 points for the Bearcats against Southwest Baptist. Terry Jeffries came off the bench and was one of three Tigers who finished with 12 points against Emporia State. Jeffries hit the game-winner with 20 seconds left.
The Bearcats begin league play by playing four of five at home. Northwest travels to rival-Missouri Western Wednesday before returning home for Washburn and Missouri Southern.
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