Feb. 1, 2008
Second Half Begins At No. 21 SBU
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State begins the second half of the MIAA season where the first half began - against Southwest Baptist. The sequel to the Battle of the Bearcats takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday inside the Meyer Sports Center in Bolivar, Mo.
The green Bearcats from Maryville (13-5, 5-4 MIAA) sit two games behind the first-place and 21st-ranked purple Bearcats (14-4, 7-2) in the MIAA standings. Southwest Baptist beat Northwest 67-66 back on Jan. 2.
Northwest will play six of its final nine conference games on the road, which might be a good thing. The Bearcats are 8-0 outside of Maryville this season, leading their opponents in nearly every statistical category.
Southwest Baptist, meanwhile, has yet to lose at home in 10 games this season. The top offensive unit in the league has scored 80 or more points in nine of those games. SBU averages 82.4 points this season.
Three teams have topped 70 against Northwest this season. The Bearcats held all nine MIAA opponents below their season average for points scored in round one, scoring 16.5 points less against Northwest on average.
Northwest has won three in a row in Bolivar, including an 83-80 win in the NCAA playoffs during the 2005-06 season.
Southwest Baptist ended a string of 11 consecutive losses in Maryville by hitting 11 3-pointers and making more than half its shots against Northwest. The purple Bearcats took a nine-point lead into halftime and an eight-point lead into the final minute. Northwest had two chances to take the lead in the final 10 seconds, but couldn't deliver.
Southwest Baptist got all its points from its starters and all but 11 were scored by three players. Jim Grabowski hit five 3's and had a game-high 21 points. Matthew Rogers was 9-for-11 from the field and had 20. D'Ante Harris hit two of his four 3-pointers in the final two minutes and finished with 15.
Mose Howard came off the bench and led Northwest with 17 points. He tied the game at 46 with a tough drive to the hoop with 11 minutes to play in the second half. It was the only tie of the game. Hunter Henry had 16 points and five rebounds.
Northwest won the turnover battle 23-11 and had 14 steals, one shy of its season high. Southwest Baptist was 11 of 22 from 3-point range and outrebounded Northwest 36-28.
• Southwest Baptist ranks fourth in the nation in both 3-point field goals (10.9 per game) and 3-point field goal percentage (.448). The Bearcats made four 3's and scored 45 points in their loss to Central Missouri. They made six 3's and scored 58 points in their loss to Truman.
• Henry has had 19 points and eight rebounds in each of his last two games.
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