Nov. 18, 2008
Tuesday Night Basketball Inside Bearcat Arena
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State students and fans can catch a first glimpse of their 16th-ranked Bearcats tonight at 7 p.m. as they host Peru State in their 2008-09 season opener. Northwest is undefeated (20-0) in home openers under head coach Steve Tappmeyer.
Northwest returns four letterwinners from a team that finished 24-8, won the MIAA tournament and made its eighth MIAA tournament berth in nine seasons. Hunter Henry, a 2007 All-American and this year's lone senior, led the Bearcats with 13.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game a year ago.
The Bearcats feature 10 fresh faces and many are expected to make their Northwest debuts tonight. Four may appear in the starting the lineup, including two from Cincinnati, Ohio. Point guard Ben Harmaan averaged nearly 12 points and DaJuan Harris nearly 16 as teammates at Cincinnati State Community College a year ago.
Harris and Shawn Carter, a native of Detroit, Mich., scored 15 points each in the Bearcats' exhibition win against Livin' the Dream Nov. 3. Edriss Floyd, a junior-college transfer from Independence, Mo., started and played a team-high 31 minutes against Livin' the Dream.
The Peru State Bobcats are 0-8 under first-year head coach Troy Katen, who spent the past two years as an assistant at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo. Senior forward Julius Durant and junior forward Kenny Braziel are averaging more than 10 points per game to lead the Bobcats.
Series history between the two teams dates back to 1927, though the teams have met once since 1993. The Bearcats have won the last nine meetings, including a 79-62 decision during the 2002-03 season. The teams played 19 times from 1962-72.
Northwest allowed 58.7 points per game last season - the third-best average in the nation. The team also forced more than 18 turnovers on average and ranked 10th nationally with 10 steals per game.
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