Jan. 9, 2008
Men Complete Road Sweep of Griffons
ST. JOSEPH, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State placed all five starters in double figures and held Missouri Western to a season-low 33.9 percent shooting performance in a 73-60 win at MWSU Fieldhouse Wednesday. The Bearcat men and women swept the Griffons for the first time since 2004.
The 16th-ranked Bearcats (10-2, 2-1 MIAA) beat the Griffons (6-5, 1-2 MIAA) for the 11th time in the last 12 games and improved to 3-0 on the road this season. Northwest returns home to host Washburn Saturday.
Hunter Henry scored eight points in each half for a team-high 16 points for Northwest. Henry was 7 of 11 from the field and finished one rebound shy of his third double-double this season.
Matt Withers got his third career double-double with his 10-point, 11-rebound performance. It's the third time the Bearcat senior has earned 10 rebounds or more in a game.
Lonnel Johnson led Missouri Western with 19 points, but was just 6 of 20 from the field. Leading scorer Reggie Bunch scored the Griffons first six points of the game, but had five the rest of the way. Missouri Western was held 15 points below its season average.
The Bearcat defense forced 19 turnovers and held the Griffons to 26 percent shooting in the first half. Northwest led 35-20 at the break and maintained its double-digit lead for much of the second half. Henry gave the Bearcats a 45-25 lead with 15:40 left to play.
Missouri Western went nearly seven minutes in the first half without a point, while Northwest reeled off 12 and took a 27-13 lead. Eddie Gray knocked down a pair of 15-footers just before halftime to extend the lead to 15.
Northwest got 15 points from the free-throw line in the second half and was 20 of 34 from the charity stripe for the game. Missouri Western was 13 of 19.
Jay McFarland, playing in his third game of the season, had just four points for the Griffons. McFarland had a team-high 19 points in Missouri Western's loss to Missouri Southern Saturday.
Andy Peterson knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points for Northwest. Lance Sullivan had 15 points, four assists and three steals. Mose Howard finished with 10 points.
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