Nov. 6, 2011
Hawkeyes pull away late from Bearcats
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Northwest Missouri State men’s basketball team fell 79-59 in its only exhibition action of the season to the University of Iowa Sunday afternoon at Hawkeye-Carver Arena.
With three players returning who saw major action last season for head coach Ben McCollum, Northwest was able to hang with the Iowa Hawkeyes in front of 10,854 fans. The Bearcats open the regular season on Friday at UMKC and a 1 p.m. tip.
McCollum saw 10 different Bearcats score against the Hawkeyes as they hustled their way to just a nine point deficit at intermission. Northwest would pull within one of the Hawkeyes twice in the first half on a DeAngelo Hailey three-pointer just under the nine minute mark in the first half.
Iowa would answer with a three-pointer of their own from Bryce Cartwright pulling ahead 21-17. Foul trouble allowed the Hawkeyes to increase their lead, but Northwest would manage to keep the Iowa lead under 10.
A hot shooting Hawkeye team would build their lead to as many as 14 points to start the second half, but a resilient Northwest squad fought back to pull within at the 10:41 mark in the game on a Justin Clark jumper. Clark led Northwest in scoring with 13 points and made one of three treys by the Bearcats.
The Hawkeyes were able to shoot 35 percent from beyond the three-point line while Northwest shot only 15 percent. The Bearcats also struggled at the free throw line shooting only 57 percent on 12 of 21 as Iowa shot 80 percent going 25 of 31.
Clark added five rebounds and three assists to his team high 13 points to lead Northwest in all three categories.
Jake Reinders also finished in double figures with 10 points for Northwest in the loss.
All-Big 10 guard Matt Gatens led all players with a game high 17 points.
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