Feb. 2, 2007
SBU Earns First-Ever Sweep of Northwest
BOLIVAR, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State took a 17-point, second-half deficit down to three but couldn't catch 21st-ranked Southwest Baptist Saturday at the Meyer Sports Complex. The purple Bearcats hit 12 3-pointers and 19-of-23 free throws to beat the green Bearcats 79-72.
The win keeps Southwest Baptist (15-4, 8-2 MIAA) one game ahead of Missouri Southern atop the MIAA standings. Northwest (13-6, 5-5) falls into a tie for fifth.
It's the first time SBU has swept Northwest in 14 home-and-away series. Southwest Baptist is 11-0 at home this season. Northwest lost for the first time outside of Maryville (8-1) and for the first time against a ranked team (4-1).
Jim Grabowski hit six 3-pointers and D'Ante Harris added four treys for SBU. Both had 23 points. Matt Withers and Andy Peterson had 15 points to lead Northwest. Hunter Henry and John Hawkins added 11.
Baptist led by nine at the half and held a 64-47 advantage with just over 10 minutes to play. Henry hit three 3-pointers in a row and Peterson drilled a fourth to cut a 17-point deficit to five in a three-minute span. Northwest hit eight 3's in the second half.
SBU scored six of the next seven points and led by 10 with four minutes left. Matt Withers made 1-of-2 from the free-throw line, Hawkins hit a 3 and Peterson finished a fast break to cut the lead to 70-66 with just over two minutes left. Peterson hit his third 3 moments later to make it 72-69 with 1:22 remaining.
Brandon Burgette answered with a bucket for Southwest, then sunk two free throws on the Bearcats' next possession to make it 76-70. Mike Larsen made a layup with 31 seconds left for Northwest's final score.
Northwest scored the first 11 points of the game and Southwest Baptist the next seven before Peterson knocked down a 3. Peterson earned his first start after missing five games with a back injury and scored half of Northwest's first 14 points. He finished with a career-high seven steals in his second game back.
Southwest Baptist scored nine points in the first 10 minutes of the contest and trailed 16-9. Northwest scored nine points in the final 10 minutes and trailed 34-25 at the break.
Matt Rogers, who scored 20 points in SBU's 67-66 win against Northwest earlier this season, had eight points, eight rebounds and eight blocks Saturday. Harris had a game-high six assists for the purple Bearcats and had five steals.
Up Next: Northwest takes on Emporia State at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Emporia, Kan.
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