Jan. 30, 2008
Late Three Beats Northwest
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Emporia State senior Andrew Davison hit a career-high six 3-pointers, including the game-winner with 13 seconds left as the Hornets beat Northwest Missouri State for the first time in seven games Wednesday at Bearcat Arena.
John Hawkins had an open look to tie from the right corner, but missed as time expired.
Davison, who scored a game-high 20 points off the bench, caught a pass three feet from beyond the arc, turned and swished the game-winner. It's the first time Emporia State (10-8, 5-4 MIAA) has won in Bearcat Arena since 1996, a span of 11 games.
Andy Peterson played for the first time since missing five games with a back injury and contributed 14 points in 33 minutes for the Bearcats (13-5, 5-4). His layup with three-and-a-half minutes left gave Northwest its first lead since early in the second half, 58-56. It also ignited a crazy sequence of events leading up to the final hoop.
DeAndre Townsend, the MIAA's leading scorer heading into the game, was 4-of-14 from the field, but was certainly a factor down the stretch.
Following Peterson's bucket, Townsend threw the ball way, sending the game to the under-four timeout. With a chance to increase the lead, Northwest guard Mike Larsen was knocked to the floor trying to make a pass, but couldn't draw a whistle. Townsend intercepted and scored an easy two to tie the game.
Jordan Fithian drew a foul on Emporia's next possession and sank two free throws to give the Hornets a two-point lead. The first nearly stuck to the back of the rim before falling in. He banked the second.
Hunter Henry, who scored a team-high 19 points for the Bearcats, tipped in a miss to knot the game at 60. Townsend beat his man on the ensuing possession, drove the lane and dished to a wide open Jordan Fithian, who laid it in for two. Henry answered with a jumped on the other end to tie it at 62 and set the stage for Davison.
Townsend had six assists in the contest. Three were kickouts to Davison for three. Two were drives to the lane finished by Fithian, who had 12 points.
Peterson entered the game four minutes into the contest and received a warm welcome from the home crowd. His first points came on a 3-pointer that gave the Bearcats a 24-22 lead late in the first half. The score was knotted at 28 at the break.
The Bearcats trailed 45-36 in the second half, but Peterson led the rally back. Following a steal, Hawkins dished ahead to Peterson for a fast-break lay-in. Peterson hit a 3 on the next possession to close the gap to 45-43, then later scored four points on one possession to pull Northwest within two, 56-54 with six minutes remaining. His final bucket gave the Bearcats a 58-56 lead.
Davison was 7-of-12 from the field and 6-of-11 from behind the arc. The Hornest first five field goals of the game were 3-pointers. They finished 12-of-29. Northwest was 6-of-21.
Up Next: Northwest begins the second half of the MIAA schedule Saturday at first-place Southwest Baptist. Game time is 7:30 p.m. from Bolivar, Mo.
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