Feb. 20, 2012
Reinders hits milestone as ‘Cats look for sweep at SBU
MARYVILLE, Mo. – Northwest Missouri State returns to the court for a rare Tuesday night MIAA contest at Southwest Baptist. Tip from the Meyer Sports Center is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Bearcats still hold onto the top spot in the MIAA standings despite Saturday’s first home loss of the season. At 14-4, Northwest still sits in the driver’s seat for it first MIAA regular season title since the 2006-07 season.
Although the loss snapped a 14-game home winning streak for the Bearcats dating back to last season, Northwest can clinch the No. 1 seed in next week’s MIAA tournament with a pair of wins this week. Any other combination of losses could result in either a shared championship, or the Bearcats earning anywhere from a No. 2 – No. 4 seed.
The Bearcats will be looking for their first win in Bolivar since the 2006-07 season, which was also the last time Northwest swept their purple foe.
SBU is led by a quartet of players all averaging double figures, but paced by point guard Preston Guiot. Guiot, the son of head coach Jeff Guiot, is averaging 13.4 points per game (2nd for SBU) and leads the MIAA with 5.6 assists per game.
Northwest got a stellar week from senior post Jake Reinders, who will reach a milestone on Tuesday, appearing in his 100th game as a Bearcat. Reinders led the Bearcats in scoring in a double overtime win at Truman with 22 points and a career high 21 rebounds. The Omaha native added 16 points in Saturday’s loss, but was 16-of-18 from the free throw in both games.
The second week of regional rankings will be released on Wednesday, as the Bearcats checked in at No. 4 in last week’s first edition. Tomorrow’s game at SBU will not be figured into this week’s rankings.
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