Jan. 7, 2008
Late Rally Falls Short Against Griffons
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Missouri Western saw a 10-point, second-half lead evaporate down the stretch, but a defensive stand and two free throws from Dominique Thuston with 7.6 seconds left helped the Griffons top Northwest Missouri State 66-63 Wednesday night at Bearcat Arena.
Thuston scored a game-high 19 points and added six rebounds for Missouri Western, which ended a five-game skid against Northwest. It was the Griffons first win in Bearcat Arena since 2002.
Northwest had several chances to tie or take the lead in the closing minutes.
The Bearcats missed a close-range jumper in the lane near the one-minute mark, but got the ball back after forcing a shot-clock violation on the defensive end. An errant pass in the lane halted a second chance to take the lead and Northwest was forced to foul Thuston.
After the free throws, Northwest point guard Ben Haarman took the inbounds pass, drove to the top of the key and took a 3, which bounced off the rim and was batted out-of-bounds at the buzzer.
Both teams shot better than 40 percent from the field, both hit eight 3-pointers, but the difference Wednesday was the 13-point rebounding advantage earned by the Griffons. Missouri Western had 19 second-chance points, including 14 in the second half. James Bush had four points, but six of his 10 rebounds were on the offensive end of the court.
Hunter Henry countered with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bearcats - his seventh double-double this season. Mike Larsen had 15 points and Elijah Allen 14 for the Bearcats (5-8, 0-6 MIAA).
Marcus Rhodes finished with 17 points for Missouri Western (7-6, 4-3 MIAA) - one shy of his season high. Lonnel Johnson, the Griffons leading scorer entering the game, made four three's and had 14 points.
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