Dec. 3, 2008
Henry Gets 25 and 10 in Loss to Emporia
EMPORIA, Kan.-Northwest Missouri State senior Hunter Henry scored a season-high 25 points and had 10 rebounds in a 79-56 loss at Emporia State Wednesday at White Auditorium. He added four assists and three steals to his 17th career double-double.
Robert Moores hit five 3-pointers and had 23 points to lead the Hornets (5-1, 1-0), who avenged their MIAA tournament championship loss to the Bearcats (3-2, 0-1) last March. Emporia State made 10 three's in handing Northwest its worst defeat since November of 2002.
Northwest Head Coach Steve Tappmeyer was denied in his first attempt to reach the 400-win plateau. His next chance comes Saturday at Washburn.
Northwest entered Wednesday's game averaging 14 fouls and 15 turnovers per game. The Bearcats committed 15 fouls and had 14 turnovers in the first half against Emporia, yet held a six-point lead at one point and only trailed 34-29 at the break.
Lamar Wilbern hit back-to-back three-pointers to highlight a 16-2 Emporia State run in the first half. The Hornets scored the first 11 points of the second half and later used a 17-2 run to quickly put the game out of reach. Emporia shot 63 percent from the field and made seven 3's in the second half.
Henry made his first four shots from the field and scored nine of the Bearcats first 11 points. DaJuan Harris made back-to-back buckets and Northwest led 19-13 with nine minutes left in the first half. Henry and Harris combined for 22 of Northwest's 29 first-half points. Harris finished with 11.
The Bearcats missed their first eight shots of the second half and trailed 45-29 before the first of back-to-back hoops by Henry ended the drought. Harris cut the lead to 10, but Emporia scored 17 of the game's next 19 points to secure the win. Moores' third 3-pointer gave the Hornets a 62-37 lead halfway through the second half.
Northwest and Emporia ranked first and last in the MIAA, respectively, in turnover margin entering Wednesday's game. Northwest committed 19 turnovers to 15 for Emporia, marking the second time in the last 38 games that the Bearcats finished with more turnovers than their opponents.
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