Jan. 21, 2009
Late Free Throws Lift Northwest Over MSSU
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Hunter Henry made two free throws with 2.5 seconds left to lift Northwest Missouri State to a 72-70 win against Missouri Southern Wednesday night inside Bearcat Arena. Henry scored a game-high 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He was 8-of-11 from the free-throw line.
Northwest (8-9, 3-7 MIAA) has won three of their last four to close out the first half of the MIAA season. The Bearcats improved to 14-2 against the Lions in Maryville dating back to 1990.
Missouri Southern (15-5, 5-5) got 20 points and five assists from point guard Skyler Bowlin, but lost its fourth consecutive road game. The Lions have lost five of eight since starting the season 12-0.
Wednesday's game featured 12 ties, but just one lead change. Missouri Southern led 12-4 early in the first half. Northwest led 42-34 early in the second. No lead was greater than four during the final 10 minutes of the game.
The Lions were forced to foul Henry on the final possession after Mike Larsen hit him with a back door cut leading straight to the hoop. Following a Northwest timeout, Edriss Floyd intercepted the inbounds pass near mid court to end the game.
Floyd hit a deep 3 with the shot clock winding down that gave Northwest a 70-66 lead with 52 seconds left. Mariun Price answered with a jumper for the Lions to cut the lead to two.
Bowlin stole the ball on the defensive end, which led to a fast-break score from Jason Adams and tied the game at 70 with 23 seconds remaining. Larsen's pass to Henry followed.
Larsen had two second-half three-pointers and finished with 11 points and five assists. Elijah Allen had a game-high eight rebounds to go with six points for Northwest. It was the first time in 10 games Allen failed to score in double figures.
In addition to Bowlin, three other Lions scored in double figures. Vincent Ateba had 18 points and six rebounds. Price finished with 14 and Adams added 10.
Northwest shot 54 percent from the field - it's best performance in seven games. Missouri Southern was 15-of-18 from the free-throw line, but 5-of-18 from 3-point range.
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