(MARYVILLE, Mo.) The last time Northwest played Northeastern State, the Bearcats eliminated the RiverHawks in last year's MIAA Tournament quarterfinals. It was NSU, however, who would see their season last longer after earning an NCAA Tournament at-large bid.
On Monday, Northwest made another statement to the MIAA with an 85-65 drubbing of NSU in a makeup game in Maryville.
RiverHawks guard Bryton Hobbs came in as the reigning conference player of the week after dropping 60 points in his two previous games. He finished the night just 6-of-18 from the field with a team-high 16 points.
Northwest (11-5, 6-1), fueled by a thick crowd on the first day of the new semester, came out firing quickly in the first half to jump out to an 8-2 lead. The two teams traded leads for a near-seven minute stretch before the Bearcats took a 33-24 lead into the locker room. They never trailed in the second half, outscoring the RiverHawks (10-4, 5-2) by 20 points the rest of the way.
The Bearcats made 11 of 23 shots from beyond the arc with five players finishing in double figures. Connor Crooker poured in a game-high 20 points, while Zach Schneider added 19.
Northeastern State Women 51, Northwest 57 (OT)
(MARYVILLE, Mo.) The last two points of Monique Stevens' team-high 14 came at the most critical points of the night on Monday. The senior split a pair of free throws with six seconds in regulation left to send the game to overtime tied 49-49 and nailed one more for the final point of the game in a 57-51 win over Northeastern State.
The Bearcats (5-9, 2-5) never trailed in the first half, jumping out to a 5-0 lead before holding off the Riverhawks to take a 28-22 lead at halftime. NSU (6-8, 3-4) came back to tie it with 8:07 left before grabbing a 49-48 lead with ten seconds left.
Ashleigh Nelson matched Stevens with 14 points, while Annie Mathews added ten.
NSU's Jamie Jackson dropped a game-high 16 points.