Nov. 29, 2013
Northwest falls to Drury, 74-72Box Score
MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State men's basketball team fell to Drury University, 74-72, on Friday afternoon at the O'Reilly Event Center in Springfield, Mo. Drury, who was ranked No. 4 in the nation, was the NCAA Champion during the 2012-13 season. Northwest moves to 4-3 on the season while Drury remains perfect on the season at 4-0. The game was part of the Comfort Inn/Drury Thanksgiving Classic.
Northwest was led by Dillon Starzl who had a game-high 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting. DeShaun Cooper had 13 points and was a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc. Cooper, Conner Crooker and Matt Wallace all had a team-best three assists. Crooker scored 10 points.
As a team, Northwest shot 50 percent from the field (26-for-52), forced 13 turnovers and had 10 steals. Drury shot just 54.8% from the line (17-for-31) but outrebounded the Bearcats, 31-30.
After falling behind early in the first half, 12-6, the Bearcats battled back, going on a 23-7 run to take a 29-19 lead with 6:36 left. With time winding down, Cooper recorded a steal and found Bryston Williams who hit a three as time expired, giving Northwest a 44-33 advantage.
The lead for Northwest would grow to as many as 15 midway through the second half, 61-46, with 10:46 remaining. But Drury would take the lead with a 26-10 run. With 1:03 left in the contest, Drury's leading scorer Kameron Bundy hit a jumper to give the Panthers' a 72-71 lead. After a Northwest turnover, Bundy hit another shot with 25 seconds left to push the lead to three, 74-71. After Northwest got the ball back, Drury fouled Cooper but he was only able to convert one foul shot down the stretch as the Panthers held on for the victory.
Northwest will face Truman State tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. on the final day of the tournament.
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