Feb. 17, 2010
Northwest Tripped Up By Truman
KIRKSVILLE, Mo.-Stefan Garrison's 19 points led four Truman starters in double figures as the Bulldogs beat Northwest Missouri State 69-65 Wednesday at Pershing Arena.
The win is Truman's second in 18 games. The Bulldogs (5-20, 3-15 MIAA) ended a five-game losing streak overall and a seven-game skid against the Bearcats that dated back to January of 2006.
Truman used a 24-6 run spanning the first 12 minutes of the second half to turn a 36-30 halftime deficit into a 12-point lead. The Bearcats committed three turnovers in the first half, but added seven more during the run and missed 12 of their first 15 shots. Tom Norton hit two 3-pointers for the Bulldogs during the stretch and totaled 16 points in the game.
Northwest outscored Truman 17-5 during the next five minutes and took a 61-59 lead on a bucket by Girod Adams with 2:32 remaining. A free throw by DeShaun Cooper and a three-pointer at the buzzer by Adams accounted for Northwest's final points. Adams and Cooper finished with 14 points each.
Truman went without a field goal during the final six minutes of the game, but scored 10 points from the free-throw line down the stretch to earn the win. The Bulldogs survived despite netting two offensive rebounds, being outrebounded by 11 and getting four points from its bench. Truman shot 50 percent from the field, made seven three-pointers and 20-of-26 free throws.
Elijah Allen had a career-high 13 rebounds to go with a game-high 20 points for Northwest. It was the junior's fourth double-double this season and fifth of his career. Allen has scored 15 points or more in 14 consecutive games.
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