(KEARNEY, Neb.) Regulation wasn't enough time for Northwest to implement everything they'd been working on since their first MIAA defeat on Saturday, but the extra effort was worth it.
Bryston Williams had a game-high 20 points as the Bearcats defeated Nebraska-Kearney 73-69 in overtime on Thursday.
Williams was one of just four Bearcats (9-5, 4-1) in double figures as Connor Crooker added 15 points while Deshaun Cooper poured in 14.
Northwest shot just over 47 percent from the field as they grabbed a 30-28 lead at halftime. UNK (4-8, 2-5) quickly erased the deficit early in the second half and led for much of the final 20 minutes. Williams gave Northwest a 63-61 lead with with 1:19 remaining before Connor Beranek sunk a layup to send it to overtime.
Northwest Women 59, Nebraska-Kearney 70
(KEARNEY, Neb.) Northwest was looking to build off their first MIAA win on Saturday, but let a big lead slip away in the second half.
Up by 14 points at halftime, Nebaska-Kearney outscored the Bearcat women 45-20 in the second half to grab a 70-59 win.
Without their tallest player in Maggie Marnin, Northwest (4-8, 1-4) was outscored 42-26 in the paint and lost the rebounding battle 46-40. Annie Mathews posted a double double with ten points and 12 rebounds, while Ariel Easton posted a game-high 20 points.
Northwest's shooting percentage dipped from nearly 54 percent to 24 percent in the second half, while the Lopers' (6-7, 3-4) jumped almost 28 percent with three players finishing in double figures. Amarah Williams topped UNK with 13 points.