Jan. 26, 2007
Season-High Crowd Watches Northwest Beat UCM
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Hunter Henry scored 19 points to lead five Bearcats in double figures as Northwest Missouri State beat Central Missouri, 77-62, in front of a season-high crowd of more than 1,700 at Bearcat Arena Saturday.
The Bearcats (13-4, 5-3 MIAA) have won three in a row, while the Mules (10-7, 3-5) have dropped four straight.
It was a battle of last year's MIAA co-champions and it quickly became one-sided. Northwest took an 11-point lead into half time and led by as many as 23 in the second half. The Bearcats scored 19 points off 18 Mule turnovers and made 16 of 25 free throws.
Central Missouri got 20 points off the bench from De'Andre Byrd, but fell to 1-6 on the road this season. Joe Young, the Mules' leading scorer heading into the contest, had 10 first-half points and finished with 14.
The Mules scored 10 of the game's first 13 points, but were outscored 13-3 during one stretch and 19-6 to close out the first half. Lance Sullivan hit three 3-pointers and had 13 in the opening stanza for the Bearcats.
The crucial part of the game came at the start of the second half, where Northwest forced five turnovers on the Mules' first seven possessions and increased its lead to 18 points.
Mose Howard had a steal-and-score during the run, Mike Larsen hit a 3 and Henry had two buckets from short range. Henry was 6 of 8 in the second half and scored 13 points.
The Bearcats shot 56 percent in the second half and did most of their damage in the lane. Northwest was able to penetrate and kick to either Henry or Matt Withers for an easy two. Withers had eight of his 13 points in the second half, reaching double digits for the fifth time in eight games.
Sullivan finished with 16 points, Larsen hit three 3's and had 12 and Howard chipped in 10. Larsen has hit 10 3's in his last four games.
Northwest has held all eight MIAA teams below their season average in scoring. The Mules were averaging close to 74 points coming into Saturday's game. Six of eight teams have been held more than 10 points below their season average.
Up Next: The only team Northwest has yet to face in the MIAA is Emporia State. The Bearcats face the Hornets twice in one week's time. The two teams meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Maryville.
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