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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release


Feb. 15, 2013

Bearcats try to snap streak vs. Ichabods

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Tipoff: Saturday 3:30 p.m.
Bearcat Arena
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Rankings (NABC Top 25)

Northwest: NR
Washburn: 25
Series: Washburn leads the all-time series 59-35. Washburn won 80-67 last Saturday and have now won the last two meetings. Northwest won both regular season meetings last season, however the Ichabods took a 69-60 victory over the Bearcats in the first-round of the NCAA tournament to end the Bearcats season.

Ben McCollum (Northwest '03) 58-45 (4th season)
Washburn: Bob Chipman (Kansas State '73) 735-301 (34th season)

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MARYVILLE, Mo. – The Northwest Missouri State men’s basketball team enters the final weeks of the regular season trying to snap a three-game losing streak as the Bearcats host Washburn 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Bearcats sit in sixth-place trying to snap their skid that has seen Northwest fall from second place. The Ichabods now sit in third-place, a half game behind Fort Hays State and Central Missouri, as all three teams clinched a playoff berth with wins Wednesday as did Northeastern State.

Northwest fell at Washburn last Saturday 80-67 matching the worst lost for the Bearcats this season. The 80 points was also the most points allowed by the league’s stingiest defense that have held opponents to an average 61 points per game.

Junior Dillon Starzl returned on Wednesday after missing last week’s games against FHSU and Washburn. Starzl has been the Bearcats leading scorer (14.1 ppg) all season and finished with a team-high 16 points in Wednesday’s loss to the Tigers.

The loss was only the second this season at Bearcat Arena for the Bearcats who are 9-2 at home. Also since February 2011 the Bearcats have won 24 of their last 27 games at home including a 70-63 win against the Ichabods last season.

Washburn’s Will McNeil is the third leading scorer in the MIAA averaging 18 points per game. However, in last Saturday’s win over the Bearcats McNeil finished with 16 points as Martin Mitchell finished with a game-high 20 points.

The Ichabods also shot an impressive 63 percent in the second half as the Bearcats struggled shooting just 35 percent from the field in the loss. Washburn ranks second in the league in scoring defense, just behind the Bearcats at 63.2 points per game.

Tipoff from Bearcat Arena is set for 3:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

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

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