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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Feb. 7, 2008

Northwest Gets a Second Look at Emporia

EMPORIA, Kan.-The roads have cleared and Northwest Missouri State is expected to compete at Emporia State at 7:30 p.m. tonight at WL White Auditorium.

It's the first of two road games the Bearcats will play in three days. Northwest takes on Central Missouri in a battle of last year's MIAA co-champions Saturday in Warrensburg.

The Bearcats and Hornets are meeting for the second time in eight days. Emporia State's Andrew Davison scored a game-high 20 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 11.2 seconds left to beat the Bearcats 65-62 last Wednesday in Maryville. It was the first time Emporia had beaten Northwest in seven meetings.

The Bearcats (13-6, 5-5 MIAA) lost for the first time away from home Saturday at Southwest Baptist and are in the midst of a two-game skid. Northwest hasn't lost three games in a row since February of 2006.

The Hornets (11-8, 6-4) have won three in a row at home and five of their last six overall. DeAndre Townsend, the league's leading scorer, is averaging 19.4 points per game to pace ESU.

Northwest got 19 points and eight rebounds from Hunter Henry in the first meeting with Emporia. Andy Peterson came off the bench and added 14 in his first game after sitting out five with a back injury.

The Bearcats rallied from nine points down in the second half and tied Emporia at 62 before Davison hit his sixth 3 of the game. The Hornets were 12 of 29 from behind the arc compared to 6 of 21 for the Bearcats.

A Northwest win tonight moves the Bearcats into a tie for fourth place and possibly a tie for third, pending the outcome of Fort Hays State and Pittsburg State tonight. A loss drops Northwest into the bottom half of the MIAA standings.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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