Jan. 17, 2008
Northwest Win Streak Halted By SBU
BOLIVAR, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State forward Hunter Henry scored 19 points and Elijah Allen added 15, but it was fifth-ranked Southwest Baptist which ran away with an 82-61 win inside Meyer Sports Center Saturday.
Southwest Baptist (14-2, 7-2 MIAA) got a career-high 24 points off the bench from guard Wendell Mardis to improve to 9-0 at home this season. Mardis hit six three-pointers and finished 8-of-14 from the field. He led five Bearcats who scored in double figures.
Henry equaled his season averages of points and rebounds against the reigning MIAA defensive player of the year in Matt Rogers. Henry was 6-of-11 from the floor and finished one board shy of his fifth-consecutive double-double.
He also held Rogers to 10 points - his second-lowest output of the year - and six rebounds. Rogers was 4-of-9 from the field and fouled out late in the second half.
Southwest Baptist took 24 three's in the first half, made six and led 37-30 at the break. Henry had 11 points and eight rebounds in opening half.
Northwest (7-9, 2-7) clawed within four, 40-36, early in the second. Mike Larsen drove to the hoop for a layup, and then fed Allen down low for an easy score. Larsen finished with five points, five rebounds and five assists.
Mardis responded with three 3-pointers during a 12-2 run. Moments later, Southwest Baptist scored seven points on one possession and the route was on.
Brandon Burgette scored a break-away layup and was intentionally fouled by Larsen in the process. Burgette made both free throws and D'Ante Harris knocked down a three to complete the possession. The result was a 60-41 lead with less than 13 minutes to play.
Southwest Baptist made seven three's in the second half and finished 13-of-42 from behind the arc. The Bearcats also scored 20 points off 17 Northwest turnovers.
Northwest shot less than 40 percent from the field for the first time in nine games and was 3-of-9 from behind the arc.
Henry became the second Bearcat in program history to score 1,400 points and pull down 700 rebounds, joining Joe Hurst, who played from 1982-86. Henry has scored 1,416 points and grabbed 723 rebounds in his four-year career.
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