Jan. 9, 2008
Northwest, Truman Eager For A Win
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State looks to snap a three-game skid at Truman, loser of nine in a row, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pershing Arena in Kirksville, Mo.
Northwest (5-8, 0-6 MIAA) and Truman (5-9, 0-7) are the lone winless teams in the MIAA standings. The Bearcats are 0-4 on the road, while the Bulldogs are 0-3 in league play at home. Something has to give Saturday.
Northwest swept the home-and-away series with Truman last year as it's done four times in the last five years. The 'Cats have beaten the 'Dogs four straight times and in nine of the last 11 meetings.
Truman has failed to score more than 52 points in the last two years against Northwest. The Bulldogs currently rank last in the MIAA in scoring at 64.9 points per game.
Northwest has had scoring problems of its own and is 0-7 this year in games in which it has failed to reach 70 points. The Bearcats are coming off two- and three-point losses to Pittsburg State and Missouri Western, respectively.
Despite the record, senior forward Hunter Henry continues to put up big numbers for the Bearcats - especially on the road where he's averaged 19.3 points and 9.3 rebounds. Henry remains the MIAA's leading rebounder and is third in scoring and field goal percentage.
Henry has reached double figures in all but one game this season and has seven double-doubles in 13 games. He was limited to nine and seven points against Truman last season after averaging close to 20 points against the Bulldogs the year before.
Mike Larsen scored a team-high 15 points in Northwest's loss to Missouri Western Wednesday. Elijah Allen has averaged more than 14 points since being inserted into coach Tappmeyer's starting lineup six games ago.
Truman got a season-high 21 points from senior guard Banks Estridge in a 78-89 loss at Nebraska-Omaha Wednesday. It marked the first time in seven games that Truman scored more than 58 points. Estridge leads Truman with 10.6 points per game while sophomore forward Ethan Freeman adds 10.5.
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