MARYVILLE, Missouri - Freshman Wes Dreamer notched his first career double-double with 29 points the 14 rebounds as No. 1-ranked Northwest Missouri State rolled to a 91-56 victory over Illinois-Springfield at Bearcat Arena in men's basketball action.
The Bearcats moved to 7-0 and extended the nation's longest win streak to 45 games in a row. Illinois-Springfield dropped its first game of the season after winning its first five contests.
Northwest scored 90 or more points for the fourth straight game and fifth time this season. The Bearcats have a scoring margin of +27.3 in their seven victories.
The Bearcats jumped out to a 17-4 lead only six minutes into the contest. UIS climbed to within eight points at 17-9 but that would be as close as the Prairie Stars would get in the contest. Northwest used a 14-4 run to push the margin to 18 at 31-13 with 8:48 to play in the half. Northwest would lead 46-32 at the break.
Northwest blew the game wide open with a 17-0 run that turned a 59-42 lead into a 76-42 advantage with 11:38 left in the game.
Dreamer did damage from deep as he drained seven of his first eight three-point attempts and finished the game shooting 7-of-10 from three-point range. Dreamer went 10-of-13 from the field and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds. Dreamer swatted a career-high three blocks.
Sophomore Diego Bernard scored 15 of his 19 points in the opening half. Bernard went 7-of-15 from the field, secured three rebounds, handed out three assists and recorded three steals.
Sophomore Trevor Hudgins reached double-figures in assists for the third straight game with 11 helpers against the Prairie Stars. Hudgins also tallied six rebounds and two steals.
Northwest will open up MIAA play on Dec. 5 at Lincoln and Dec. 7 at Central Missouri.
NOTES: Northwest won for the 20th straight time at home ... Northwest is 112-9 at Bearcat Arena since the start of the 2011-12 season ... Northwest has won 29 consecutive games in the month of November ... the Bearcats drained a season-high 17 three-pointers ... Northwest is shooting 53.6 percent from the field as a team through seven games ... the Bearcats shot 47.8 percent against the Prairie Stars - marking only the second time this season the 'Cats has shot less than 50 percent from the field in a game.