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Northwest Splits with Nebraska-Kearney

The Bearcat men triumph in overtime while the women blow a 14-point halftime lead to lose on the road.
Northwest Men 73, Nebraska-Kearney 69

(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.


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