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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release


Feb. 12, 2013

Northwest returns home to host first place Fort Hays St

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Tipoff: Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
Bearcat Arena
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Rankings (NABC Top 25)

Northwest: NR
Fort Hays State: NR
Series: Fort Hays State holds a slim 9-8 lead in the all-time series and won last week's meeting 59-58. Last year the home team won both meetings

Ben McCollum (Northwest '03) 58-43 (4th season)
Fort Hays State: Mark Johnson (Pittsburg State '93) 226-98 (12th season)

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MARYVILLE, Mo. – Just one week removed from back-to-back road losses the Northwest Missouri State men’s basketball team will host Fort Hays State in a rematch Wednesday at Bearcat Arena.

Looking to rebound from last Wednesday’s loss to the Tigers, the Bearcats will have a chance to move closer to a first round bye in the MIAA Tournament. In a twist from last week’s games the Bearcats started the week in second place, but after losses to FHSU and Washburn Northwest slipped to fifth while the Tigers sit tied for first place.

Northwest (15-7, 8-5) had three chances in the last minute of the game Wednesday, but were unable to overcome a one-point deficit at Fort Hays State (15-6, 9-4), falling 59-58. Although the Bearcats held the Tigers under 60 points, FHSU managed to shoot an impressive 55 percent from the field to counter the league’s top defensive unit.

DeAngelo Hailey led Northwest with 23 points in the loss and is the second leading scorer for the Bearcats averaging 13.6 points per game. Injured Dillon Starzl has been missed not only offensively, but on the defensive end of the floor as the team’s leading scorer and rebounder missed both games last week.

Fort Hays State was led by Dwayne Brunson’s 23 points in the win, while the Tigers rank second in the MIAA in scoring offense at 76.8 points per game. Individually, Brunson is second in the league in rebounding averaging 7.8 boards per contest.

With four of the final five games at home, the Bearcats still control their own postseason destiny. The top four teams in the league standings earn first round byes in next month’s MIAA Tournament, as seeds 5-12 will battle in a first round game hosted by the higher seed of each game.

Entering this week the top eight teams are currently separated by just three games making an interesting final three weeks of the regular season. Northwest sits just one full game behind FHSU, who is tied for first place with Central Missouri. Washburn – who will travel to Maryville Saturday - is half a game behind the league leaders, followed by Northeastern State in fourth place.

Wednesday’s tipoff between the Bearcats and Tigers is set for 7:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

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

Northwest Athletics
Lamkin Activity Center | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468