Jan. 12, 2007
Northwest Rallies, But Can't Hold Off Washburn
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State fought back from 13 points down and took a brief lead, but it was Washburn that came away with a 61-56 win Saturday at Bearcat Arena. Northwest guard Lance Sullivan led all scorers with 17 points.
The Ichabods (10-3, 2-2 MIAA), who finished last in the MIAA standings a year ago, have beaten both defending co-champions in one week's time. Washburn beat Central Missouri back on Jan. 5.
The Bearcats (10-3, 2-2), ranked 16th in the latest NABC Poll, have lost three of their last four at home, including two to league foes. Northwest was undefeated in MIAA play last year in Maryville and had lost 15 games in the last 10 years on its home court.
Northwest guard Andy Peterson missed his first game of the season with a back injury and was certainly missed Saturday. Peterson had made seven 3-pointers and averaged 15.5 points in his last two games. The Bearcats against Washburn were 5-of-30 from behind the arc for a season-low percentage of 16.7. Northwest made one of its first 21 3-point attempts.
Washburn's first two shots of the game were 3-pointers and it helped the Ichabods take a 12-0 lead. Washburn shot better than 55 percent in the first half and led 37-26 at the break.
Northwest held the Ichabods 26 points below their season average and it allowed the Bearcats to rally back.
Washburn scored five points in the first 11 minutes of the second half while Northwest chipped away.
John Hawkins nailed Northwest's second 3 of the game and it tied it at 43 with 8:15 remaining. Sullivan drilled another on the next possession to give the Bearcats a one-point lead, then got a steal and dropped another trey for a 49-45 advantage with 6:40 to play. Sullivan had a career-high six steals.
Washburn answered with back-to-back buckets and tied the game at 51 with a put-back by Kyle Snyder.
Paul Byers was left open for a 3 with 2:20 remaining and drilled it to put the Ichabods ahead for good. Washburn scored nine unanswered points after two free throws by Sullivan gave the Bearcats a 51-49 lead with 4:08 to play.
Byers, Andrew Meile and Brady Sisk each had 13 points to pace the Ichabods. James Williams had 11 points and nine boards. The Ichabods outrebounded the Bearcats 44-31.
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