Jan. 30, 2008
Tappmeyer Goes For MIAA Win No. 200
MARYVILLE, Mo.-The first of two meetings against Emporia State in one week's time takes place at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Bearcat Arena. A Northwest win would give its head coach, Steve Tappmeyer, his 200th career MIAA victory.
Northwest Missouri State (13-4, 5-3 MIAA) has won three in a row, all by double digits, and is gaining momentum as the team nears the midway point of the MIAA schedule. The Bearcats have swept Emporia State (9-8, 4-4) in each of the last three seasons. The Hornets haven't won in Maryville since 1996.
The Bearcats handed Emporia its first and second losses of the season a year ago. The Hornets were 16-0 and ranked in the top 10 when they hosted Northwest and lost 89-72. One week later, the Bearcats won by five, 63-58, in Maryville. Emporia lost eight of 13 to close its season.
The Hornets return much of their lineup from last year, but started 8-8 as opposed to 16-0. Emporia has won three of its last four MIAA games, two in overtime, and sits one game back of Northwest in fifth place.
Northwest travels to first-place Southwest Baptist Saturday while Emporia hosts Fort Hays State. The Bearcats and Hornets meet in Emporia next Wednesday.
Emporia guard De'Andre Townsend is the MIAA's leading scorer at 19.8 points per game. He'll be the shortest player on the court at 5-feet-8-inches, but he averaged 18 points against the Bearcats a year ago. Townsend has made more than half his shots this season, he shoots 81 percent from the free-throw line and he leads the MIAA in assists.
Northwest's lineup has shown balance all season. Seven different players have led the team in scoring and at least four players have reached double figures in more than half the team's games.
Defensively, the Bearcats have held every MIAA team below its season average in points this season. Northwest ranks sixth nationally in scoring defense and has held its last three opponents to an average of 53 points. Hunter Henry, the reigning MIAA Player of the Year, is averaging 13 points and nine rebounds during the win streak.
Northwest guard Andy Peterson suited up Saturday, but missed his fifth straight game with a back injury. Peterson hit eight 3-pointers and averaged 18.5 points against the Hornets last season.
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