Jan. 24, 2012
Northwest looks for sweep at Washburn
MARYVILLE, Mo. – Northwest Missouri closes out a three-game road stand at second-place Washburn with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff Wednesday at Lee Arena in Topeka, Kan.
The Bearcats are looking to sweep the Ichabods for the first time since the 2006-07 season when Northwest went 24-7 and earned an NCAA South Central Region berth. Although the Bearcats are 2-2 in their last four games, Northwest is coming off its largest MIAA win of the season, a 71-45 road win over Emporia State.
Northwest held the Hornets to a season-low 26 percent from the field. The Bearcats set the tone in the first half, holding ESU to 18 percent shooting in the first half and held a 27-14 halftime lead.
Sitting in a three-way tie atop the MIAA standings at 8-3 with Missouri Southern and Central Missouri, the Ichabods are only a half-game behind the three schools. Washburn knocked off former MIAA member Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday for the second time this season.
The Bearcats and Ichabods match up as the top two teams defensively in the league which lived up to the bill in their first meeting.
“Washburn is one of the toughest places to play in the league,” said assistant coach Austin Meyer. “They are as talented as anybody in the league this year and play as hard as anyone. They are a touch physical team and do stuff very similar to what we do.”
The similarities in the two teams were very evident in the first meeting as Northwest took a 65-59 win on Dec. 3, for the fourth-lowest combined point total of the year.
Junior transfer DeAngelo Hailey scored 18 first half points to help keep Northwest close as it trailed 37-29 at the break.
Northwest would hold the Ichabods scoreless in their final four possessions in the last two minutes of the game and nailed four straight free throws to seal the win. The Bearcats win was capped with traditional three-point play from Bryston Williams and an 18-foot jumper to all but ice the game.
Northwest will return home on Saturday as it hosts No. 25 Fort Hays State in the MIAA TV Game of the Week at Bearcat Arena.
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