Nov. 11, 2012
Sullivan’s 7 three-pointers paces Northwest in win
MARYVILLE, Mo. – Alex Sullivan hit seven three-pointers and finished with a career high 28 points to help Northwest Missouri State cruise to a 86-65 win over Graceland in non-conference men’s basketball action Sunday afternoon.
Sullivan drained the first points of the game on a three-pointer from the wing, but Graceland answered with back-to-back treys as they would hold onto the lead until the 4:59 mark in the first half. Sullivan’s seven three-pointers were one shy of a school record.
A Dillon Starzl lay-in followed by two Matt Wallace free-throws gave the Bearcats their first lead at 28-27 since Sullivan’s points to open the game. From there the Northwest defense would turn up the intensity forcing 13 turnovers in the game.
Northwest built a double digit lead with 16:19 left in the game as Bryston Williams drained a pull-up jumper at the free-throw line putting the Bearcats up by 10, 53-43.
A 8-3 run by the Bearcats would all but seal the game as a Williams jumper gave Northwest its largest lead at 23 points with 6:55 left in the game. From there Northwest pulled away for a 21-point win.
Four different Bearcats scored in double figures as Williams added 14 points.
Northwest shot 61 percent from the field as a team although the lone struggle for the Bearcats came at the free-throw line. The Bearcats were just 10-of-19 from the line.
Northwest returns to action next weekend at the Hillyard Classic hosted by Missouri Western. The Bearcats open tournament play Friday against Rockhurst before closing out action on Saturday against William Jewell. Tipoff each night is slated for 5:30 p.m.
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