Nov. 19, 2009
Second-Half Spurt Sparks Bearcats
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State scored the first 13 points of the second half to take a 16-point lead and beat Benedictine 79-59 Thursday night at Bearcat Arena. Northwest's Elijah Allen scored 20 points and Bearcat guard Girod Adams added 17 to lead all scorers.
Bryston Williams scored the first six points to start Northwest's run and scored all 11 of his points in the second half. Adams hit a jumper in the lane to cap the rally and give the Bearcats a 44-28 lead. Northwest led by no fewer than 10 points the rest of the way.
Allen had 14 second-half points and recorded his fifth career 20-point game on 8-of-10 shooting. The Bearcats shot 53 percent in the second half and 48 percent for the game.
Five Northwest players scored in double figures for the second game in a row as Maciej Ustarbowksi had 12 points and eight rebounds and DeShaun Cooper came off the bench to get 11 points. Northwest accomplished that feat twice in 27 games last season.
The two teams combined for 29 turnovers, eight assists and 31 free-throw attempts in a sloppy first half. Benedictine made 12-of-16 free throws in the frame to keep pace. The Ravens had just seven first-half field goals.
Keith Winn Jr. made four three-pointers and led the Ravens with 13 points. Geno McNeil had 11. Benedictine committed 25 turnovers which led to 23 Northwest points.
Benedictine entered tonight's game with a 4-1 record, including a win against Division II Rockhurst, an NCAA tournament participant a year ago. Tonight's game was counted as an exhibition game for the Ravens, an NAIA member.
Northwest is 2-0 to start a season for the third year in a row. The Bearcats next host Baker at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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