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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release


March 10, 2013

Bearcats face Mules for MIAA Championship

Game Central

Tipoff: Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Municipal Auditorium
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.
TV: MIAA TV Network
Neil Harwell (play-by-play), JC Pearson (color); The MIAA Television Network spans three states and covers the entire Kansas City area on KSMO 62. In Maryville fans can watch on Suddenlink channel 6 or click here to find your viewing area.

Rankings (NABC Top 25/NCAA Central Region)

Northwest: NR/NR
Central Missouri: NR/7th
Series: UCM holds a 123-85 lead in the all-time series and is the 209th meeting between the schools, the longest such meeting between MIAA men's basketball teams. The Mules have won the last eight meetings including a 10-point victory in January at Warrensburg. 

Ben McCollum (Northwest '03) 63-47 (4th season)
Central Missouri Kim Anderson (Missouri '79) 222-82 (11th season)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the first time under Head Coach Ben McCollum the Northwest Missouri State men’s basketball team will vie for the fifth MIAA Tournament Championship in program history Sunday against Central Missouri.

A number of streaks will be on the line Sunday at 1 p.m. when the Bearcats and Mules tip off, including Northwest looking for its first win over UCM in nine tries. The Bearcats last win over Central Missouri came on January 14, 2009, when Northwest knocked off then-No. 19 UCM, 61-57 at Bearcat Arena.

While the Bearcats have searched for their identity this season, there has been no doubt where they have found their success this postseason. In three games Northwest has held opponents to under 66 points and even sustained the league champion, Fort Hays State, to nearly 13 minutes without a field goal in Saturday’s semifinal win.

Along with looking to snap an eight-game losing streak to the Mules, the Bearcats are also looking to avenge a 50-60 loss at UCM in January. Northwest lost leading scorer Dillon Starzl just two minutes into the game causing the junior to miss the Bearcats’ next three games.

Starzl, who entered the week with the 10th best field goal percentage in NCAA Division II, has since returned and been a force in the postseason averaging 15 points per game. After scoring just five points in the Bearcats’ first round victory over Missouri Western, all the junior has done is add a career high 25-points vs. Northeastern State and a 20-point effort over Fort Hays State to his resume.

Senior Alex Sullivan and DeAngelo Hailey have done their part as well to ensure the Bearcats keep playing in March. Sullivan, who has been relatively quiet after knocking down a school record eight three-pointers against the Griffons in round one, has averaged 16.5 points per game along with Hailey in the tournament.

Central Missouri, who is the tournament’s No. 2 seed, saw a 20-point lead against Central Oklahoma erased in the second half of their semifinal victory before pulling away for a 92-73 win. Charles Hammork led the way for the Mules scoring with 16 points and pulled in four rebounds.

Matt Webb was one of four Mules to finish in double figures as the senior recorded a double-double in the game with 10 points and 10 boards. Webb also led the way for UCM in their quarterfinal victory over Pittsburg State in a tough defensive battle. The win over the Gorillas avenged a 78-64 loss in last year’s tournament when the Mules entered as the No. 1 seed.

The Mules are looking for their sixth tournament title, which would give them the most of any current MIAA school. However, the Bearcats will try to tie UCM and Washburn with their fifth MIAA Tournament Title and become the first No. 5 seed to win the league postseason tournament.

For more information, please contact:

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

Northwest Athletics
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