Dec. 12, 2008
Northwest, UNO Meet As MIAA Foes
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State travels to MIAA-newcomer Nebraska-Omaha for a 6 p.m. contest Saturday at Sapp Fieldhouse. The Bearcats (3-3, 0-2 MIAA) are looking to end a two-game skid while the host-Mavericks (6-1, 1-1) are shooting for their third win in a row.
Northwest head coach Steve Tappmeyer enters Omaha with 399 career wins. Tappmeyer would become the 28th active Division-II coach to reach the 400-win plateau with a win Saturday.
Tappmeyer's Bearcats haven't loss three games in a row since 2006. Northwest won by 20 points at Sapp Fieldhouse a year ago. Nebraska-Omaha had won in Maryville two weeks prior, which accounted for the only meetings between the programs last season.
The Mavericks' lone loss this year was a one-point decision at Washburn last week. UNO rebounded with an 80-77 win at Fort Hays State. Saturday will be the Mavericks' first home game in MIAA play. The team is 2-0 in Omaha this season.
Northwest is wrapping up a three-game road trip to open conference play. The Bearcats are 0-2 in the MIAA for the first time in 12 seasons.
Senior forward Hunter Henry has averaged 17.5 points and six rebounds in two conference games but no other Bearcat has averaged more than eight. Emporia State and Washburn, which sent Northwest to 0-2, combined for 21 three-pointers. Northwest was 9-of-30 from behind the arc in those two games.
Mitch Albers and Michael Jenkins lead the Mavericks with 15 points per game. Jenkins scored 37 points in two games against Northwest last season. Dion Curry scored a game-high 19 points in the Mavericks' 101-58 win at home against York Tuesday.
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