Jan. 24, 2009
Northwest Scores Final 14 Points in Win Against ESU
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Hunter Henry scored 17 points and Elijah Allen added 16 to lead Northwest Missouri State to a 67-56 win against Emporia State Saturday at Bearcat Arena.
The Bearcats (9-9, 4-7 MIAA) avenged an early season loss to the Hornets (13-5, 7-4 MIAA) and have won four of their last five overall. Emporia State has lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.
The Hornets fought back from 14 points down in the second half and took a 56-53 lead on a three-pointer from the corner by Alex Pyle with 6:06 remaining. It would be Emporia State's final point as Northwest closed the game on a 14-0 run.
The Bearcats began the game with an 11-0 run and took a 21-7 lead on a jumper by DaJuan Harris just past the midway point of the first half. Northwest shot 52 percent in the opening frame and took a 37-26 lead into the break.
Emporia State scored 16 unanswered points during a seven-minute stretch in the second half to take the lead. Pyle began the rally with a 3. Jeremiah Box added a triple and the Hornets made four free throws on one possession following a technical foul.
Edriss Floyd and Mike Larsen hit back-to-back three-pointers to end Northwest's drought. Emporia State turned the ball over four times and missed its final seven shots to end the game. Northwest scored on eight of its final nine possessions.
Robert Moores, who hit five three-pointers and scored 23 points in Emporia State's 79-56 win against Northwest in early December, added five more three's and a game-high 19 points Saturday. Pyle finished with 12 points off the Hornets' bench. Emporia State's bench outscored its starters 37-19.
Northwest turned the ball over three times in the second half and eight times for the game while scoring 26 points off 18 Emporia State turnovers.
Allen had 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the first half and finished 8-of-11 on the day. Henry finished a rebound shy of a double-double while extending his double-digit scoring streak to 15 games.
Larsen had 12 points and six assists and Floyd finished with 11 points and four assists to pace Northwest's front court. Each hit three 3-pointers and combined for five of the Bearcats' 12 steals.
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