Jan. 11, 2012
Bearcats comeback falls short vs Mules
WARRENSBURG, Mo. – Kyle Haake’s last second three-point attempt rimed out as the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats' comeback attempt fell just short Wednesday night in a 63-60 loss to Central Missouri in MIAA men's basketball action.
Northwest fell to 12-2 on the year as the Bearcats dropped just their second conference game of the season to fall to 6-2. The Mules improved to 9-4 overall and 5-3 in league play.
After trailing by as many as 17 points the Bearcats fought back in the second half to tie the game with 2:14 left in the game. However, senior Boo Hunter would answer for the Mules with a three-pointer putting UCM up for good.
The Bearcats had their chances late in the game as UCM missed a pair of free throws and Jake Reinders pulled in the rebound with 12 seconds left. Haake would fire one last three-point attempt with three seconds left in the game, but it would fall off the mark just ahead of the buzzer.
The Mules scored the game’s first 14 points as Dillon Starzl hit two free throws at the 13 minute mark for the Bearcats first points of the game.
From there it would be an uphill battle for the Bearcats as UCM would go on to shoot a blistering 65 percent from the field in the first half.
The hot shooting would not last for the Mules who built a 15 point lead at the half. The Bearcat defense, however would lock in for the final 20 minutes.
Both teams finished a solid second half as the tides turned with Northwest shooting over 45 percent and holding the Mules under the 30 percent mark. During the comeback the Bearcats benefited from a poor free throw shooting performance by the Mules as the top ranked defense locked in.
The Bearcats were able to hold onto the top spot in the league despite the loss as second-place Washburn loss at Pittsburg State.
Northwest returns home for the battle of the Bearcats as they host Southwest Baptist at 3:30 p.m. inside Bearcat Arena. SBU enters Saturday’s contest winners of their last four games including wins over Washburn and Fort Hays State.
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