Feb. 18, 2009
Late Larsen Three's Lift Northwest Over Truman
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State rallied behind a career-best 16 points from Shawn Carter and a barrage of three-pointers down the stretch to beat Truman, 62-51, Wednesday night at Bearcat Arena.
It's the third year in a row Northwest has swept the regular season series with Truman (6-19, 1-17 MIAA). The Bearcats (12-12, 7-10) have won 10 of the last 11 meetings between the two teams in Maryville.
Northwest scored on 14 straight possessions in the first half, turning a five-point deficit into a 16-point lead with less than four minutes until halftime.
Carter, along with Northwest forwards Elijah Allen and Hunter Henry, combined to score all but two of Northwest's 37 first-half points on 15-of-20 shooting. The Bearcats shot 62 percent as a team and led 37-26 at halftime.
A steal-and-score by Truman guard Banks Estridge capped a 15-3 run that cut Northwest's lead to 48-45 with six minutes remaining. Estridge scored six of his 10 points during the rally and Alex Henderson made the Bulldogs' lone three-pointer of the contest. Truman finished 1-of-5 from behind the arc.
Following a 30-second timeout, Northwest guard Mike Larsen made the first of back-to-back three-pointers to push the lead back to nine. Stefan Garrison got two back for Truman, but Henry knocked down a trey near the three-minute mark and Larsen nailed his third three on the next possession to put the game out of reach. Northwest scored 14 of the game's final 20 points.
Henry and Larsen combined to make all six Northwest three-pointers. Elijah Allen assisted on all three of Larsen's trey's and finished with a career-high eight assists - the most by a Bearcat this season. He didn't commit a turnover in 33 minutes of work.
Henry led all scorers with 19 points. He's averaged 20.7 points on 74 percent shooting in his last three games. Carter made seven of the first eight shots he took to best his career high by a point. Larsen had 14 points and Allen added 11 for Northwest.
Truman got 14 points and six rebounds from Patrick Fandja, who was hindered by fouls for much of the game. Garrison finished with 12 points off the bench. The Bulldogs assisted on 16 of their 21 made baskets and outrebounded Northwest 28-22.
Northwest will ride its first three-game win streak of the season into its first nationally-televised game of the season. The Bearcats take on Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., Saturday in an 11 a.m. tip on CBS College Sports Network. The seventh-ranked Mules (20-4, 13-4) fell out of first place Wednesday following an 81-71 loss at Nebraska-Omaha.
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