Dec. 29, 2008
Northwest Rally Answered By Fort Hays
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State erased a 13-point halftime lead, but seven three-pointers by Tyrone Evans was the difference in a 79-68 Fort Hays State win Monday inside Bearcat Arena. It's the Tigers first win in five tries against Northwest since joining the MIAA in 2006.
Northwest forward Elijah Allen scored a career-high 18 points for the second game in a row. He was 8-of-8 from the free-throw line, had five rebounds and a career-best four steals.
Bearcat point guard Ben Haarman had a career-high 15 points and dished out four assists. He made the first five shots he took and knocked down three 3-pointers. Hunter Henry added 13 points and Mike Larsen chipped in 10 for Northwest (5-6, 0-4 MIAA).
Evans' game-high 23 points led five Tigers in double figures. He finished 7-of-13 from behind the arc and had a game-high six assists. Rob Igbawua was ineligible through the semester, but had 12 points and seven rebounds off the Tiger bench in his first game of the season.
Fort Hays (8-2, 1-2 MIAA) hit eight of its 12 three-pointers in the first half to build a 43-30 halftime lead. Evans had four 3's and 12 points in the first half.
Larsen scored seven points during a 20-6 Bearcat run to begin the second half. A layup from Allen gave Northwest a 50-49 lead with 10 minutes remaining.
Three 3-pointers on consecutive possessions by Evans followed by a fourth straight 3 from Corbin Kuntzsch separated the teams down the stretch. Kuntzsch 3 made it 68-58 Tigers with 5:45 remaining.
Northwest crawled within six on a pair of free throws by Allen, but Fort Hays scored nine of the game's final 14 points. The Tigers finished 17-of-24 from the free-throw line compared to 16-of-19 for Northwest.
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