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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release


Jan. 18, 2013

Bearcats start road swing in Oklahoma

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Tipoff: Saturday 3:30 p.m.
Hamilton Fieldhouse
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Rankings (NABC Top 25)

Northwest: RV
Central Oklahoma: NR
Series: The Bearcats hold a 5-2 advantage over the Bronchos. Northwest and UCO have never met in Edmond or in Maryville (7 meetings all-time neutral sites). UCO won the last meeting 73-59, in the second round of the South Central Region at Tarleton State in Stephenville, Texas. (UCO went on to win the South Central Regional losing in the Elite 8).

Ben McCollum (Northwest '03) 54-42 (4th season)
Central Oklahoma: Terry Evans (Oklahoma '93) 208-90 (11th season)

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MARYVILLE, Mo. – The Northwest Missouri State men’s basketball team heads to Oklahoma, looking to snap a two-game losing streak as the Bearcats take on Central Oklahoma in a key MIAA road contest Saturday afternoon.

Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Hamilton Fieldhouse, as Northwest enters Saturday’s game at 11-4 on the season. The Bearcats sit at 4-2 in the MIAA and just one game out of first place behind Central Missouri (5-1).

Three Bearcats currently average double figures in points, led by junior Dillon Starzl at 14.4 points per game. Starzl also paces Northwest on the glass averaging 5.3 rebounds per game. Alex Sullivan and DeAngelo Hailey join Starzl as the duo averages 12.1 and 14.3 points per game respectively.

The top defensive unit in the MIAA, Northwest also ranks 15th in NCAA Division II in scoring defense holding opponents to just 60.9 points per game. Wednesday’s loss to Lincoln was also just the second time this season a team has scored 70 or more points against the Bearcats.

Central Oklahoma is paced by Josh Gibbs, who leads the Bronchos in scoring and rebounding, at 15.8 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game. UCO stands at 6-9 on the season and is 4-3 in league play.

The Bronchos – one of the MIAA’s newest members – is also coming off a loss Wednesday that saw UCO fall to rival Northeastern State, 80-71. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for UCO that started on Jan. 5 with a win over then eighth-ranked Washburn.

Northwest continues its road trip next week at Southwest Baptist on Tuesday, Jan. 22 and at league leading Central Missouri Saturday, Jan. 26.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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