Jan. 10, 2009
Allen Scores Late, Often in Win at Truman
KIRKSVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State forward Elijah Allen scored a career-high 24 points and Hunter Henry added 22 points and 13 rebounds to lift the Bearcats to a 72-63 win against Truman Saturday at Pershing Arena. It was the first win in conference play for Northwest (6-8, 1-6 MIAA), while the Bulldogs (5-10) fell to 0-8.
Allen and Henry combined to score 31 of the Bearcats' 40 second-half points. Allen had 14 points in the game's final 11 minutes.
The Bearcats shot 45 percent from the field and made 21-of-31 free throws to earn their first road win of the season. Allen was 8-of-11 and Henry 8-of-12 from the stripe. Truman as a team was 6-of-12.
The teams were even at halftime and tied at 41 with 14 minutes left to play. Shawn Carter hit a jumper and Mike Larsen had a steal-and-score in the backcourt to ignite a 7-0 Northwest run. It was the first points for both players. Allen, Henry, Edriss Floyd and DaJuan Harris combined to score all but five of Northwest's 72 points.
Floyd hit two 3-pointers and had 10 points in the first half. He finished with a season-best 14. Harris scored all seven of his points in the opening 20 minutes.
Banks Estridge scored 21 points to lead Truman, which lost its 10th game in a row. The Bulldogs made nine 3-pointers after averaging less than four per game on the year.
Estridge's fourth 3 of the game brought the Bulldogs within three with 4:20 remaining. Allen answered with a strong drive to the hoop for a three-point play. Northwest scored 10 of the game's next 12 points following Estridge's 3.
Allen and Henry did much of their work in the paint where Northwest outscored Truman 34-20. Henry tied his career-high with five blocks and had four assists and two steals. Larsen ran the point and had career-highs of eight rebounds and seven steals to go with six assists.
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