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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release


Feb. 5, 2013

'Cats open Kansas road swing vs Tigers

Game Central

Tipoff: Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
Gross Memorial Coliseum
Bearcat Radio Network
John Coffey (play-by-play), Matt Gaarder (color);
Heard on on seven stations that covers four states in the Midwest, and on the Internet from the flagship station KXCV.

Rankings (NABC Top 25)

Northwest: NR
Fort Hays State: NR
Series: The all-time series is tied at 8-8 as both teams won on their home floor last season.

Ben McCollum (Northwest '03) 58-42 (4th season)
Fort Hays State: Mark Johnson (Pittsburg State '93) 226-98 (12th season)

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MARYVILLE, Mo. – The Northwest Missouri State men’s basketball team hits the road for a brief two-game road swing through Kansas, starting with a mid-week matchup against Fort Hays State Wednesday night.

The Bearcats (15-5, 8-3 MIAA) stand alone in second place just one game behind Central Missouri (15-4, 9-2 MIAA) and half a game ahead of Washburn (14-4, 7-3 MIAA). Currently sitting in fifth the Tigers stand at 13-6 overall and 7-4 in the MIAA.

Northwest is coming off two one-point wins last week against Northeastern State and Emporia State. Both wins came down to the wire as the Bearcats are now 3-0 in one-point games this season.

Entering Wednesday’s game the Bearcats continue to lead the MIAA in scoring defense holding opponents to just 60.2 points per game. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Fort Hays State leads the league in scoring offense averaging 79.4 points per game, giving Wednesday’s showdown an interesting twist.

Offensively for Northwest, leading scorer Dillon Starzl continues to be a question mark while freshman Conner Crooker and sophomore Grant Cozad picked up the slack in the junior’s absence.

Crooker lead the Bearcats with a career-high 24 points as his last second free-throw pushed Northwest past the RiverHawks, 73-72. Although Cozad’s game-high 12 points was not as dramatic on Saturday, it helped the Bearcats to a perfect 2-0 week after a 52-51 win over Emporia State.

Fort Hays State also enters the mid-week showdown riding a three-game winning streak. After wins over Central Oklahoma and Missouri Southern last week, the Tigers boast a 9-2 home record sitting just outside the top four in the league standings.

Tigers’ freshman, Craig Nicholson, was also named the MIAA Player of the Week averaging 15 points per game in a pair of wins last week. Nicholson leads the Tigers in steals and is also the third leading scorer with 13.4 points per game.

Dwayne Brunson is the Tigers leading scorer with 14.8 points per game and is also third in the league averaging 7.9 boards per game.

Last season the home team won each game bringing the all-time series to a deadlock at 8-8. Action from Hays, Kan., is set for 7:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

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

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