Jan 07, 2020 5:29 AM

No. 2 Bearcats use big second half run to pull away from Rogers State

Posted Jan 07, 2020 5:29 AM

MARYVILLE, Missouri - A 16-0 second-half run help lift the No. 2-ranked Northwest Missouri State Bearcat men's basketball team to a 74-55 victory over Rogers State in Bearcat Arena.

Northwest moves to 13-1 overall and 3-1 in MIAA play, while Rogers State falls to 11-3 overall and 2-2 in league action.

The Bearcats had to rely on the sharp-shooting and scoring efforts of junior Ryan Hawkins and sophomore Trevor Hudgins. Hawkins scored a game-high 28 points and was 6-of-7 from three-point range. Hudgins hit for 26 and was 6-of-9 from deep as he surpassed the 20-point mark for the fourth consecutive game.

Hawkins became the 24th Bearcat to reach 1,000 career points when he buried a free throw with 7:58 to play in the opening half. Hawkins is also the 13th Bearcat to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.

Senior Ryan Welty took an elbow to the head six minutes into the contest and did not return. Welty picked up a foul on the play and did not record another statistic.

Hudgins picked up his third foul of the first half with 3:24 to play and he sat the rest of the half. The Bearcats led 32-21 after a Hawkins three-pointer with 2:33 to play before half. However, Rogers State knocked in a pair of three-pointers in the final 17 seconds of the half to cut the Bearcat lead to 32-27 at the break.

Following a Tavian Davis bucket with 10:59 to play in the game, Northwest held a 45-42 lead.

That's when the Bearcats hit the Hillcats with a 16-0 run turned the tied for the home squad. Hawkins began the run with a tip-in and Hudgins buried a triple to make it 50-42. Hawkins knocked in a three-pointer and Luke Waters scored a basket to push the lead to 55-42. Back-to-back threes from Hudgins and Hawkins put the finishing touches on the 16-0 spurt and gave Northwest a 61-42 bulge with 6:06 to play in the game.

Hawkins would pick up his fourth foul with 5:09 left to give the Hillcats some hope. The Hillcats scored on two straight possessions only to see Hudgins bury a three and Hawkins sink another one from long range to give Northwest a 67-49 lead with 2:39 left. Hudgins made a pair of free throws and Hawkins threw down a dunk to give Northwest a 71-49 lead with 1:23 to play.

Northwest will travel to Emporia State on Thursday and Washburn on Saturday.

NOTES: In his last four games, Hudgins is averaging 22.5 points and shooting 74.1% from three-point range (20-of-27) ... Northwest has won 25 consecutive home games, which ranks as the second-longest active streak in NCAA Division II men's basketball ... Northwest is 8-0 at home this season ... Northwest is 117-9 at home since the start of the 2011-12 season ... Northwest shot 52.2% from the field, including 12-of-23 (52.2%) from three-point range against Rogers State ... Waters added eight points off the bench ... Diego Bernard grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with seven points, five assists and three steals.

--- Northwest Athletics ---

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Missouri Western women dominate Northeastern State 86-63

ST. JOSEPH - The season win streak hit six and the home win streak hit eight as the Missouri Western Women's Basketball (11-2, 3-1) team took care of Northeastern State (4-8, 2-3) 86-63 Monday night in the MWSU Fieldhouse.

The Griffons moved three wins away from matching last season's win total by once again jumping out to a big first quarter lead and maintaining throughout. Missouri Western never trailed and led by as many as 31 points with five different Griffons scoring double figures. They did all that despite Katrina Roenfeldt playing just 16 minutes due to foul trouble.

NOTABLES

- The Griffons held Northeastern State to seven first quarter points and are now allowing just 11.2 points per first quarter. It was the sixth straight game MWSU held its opponent to single digit scoring in the first quarter.

- MWSU started the second half with a 9-0 run that capped a 17-5 run going back to the end of the first half.

- Kylee Williams scored nine of the 17 points during the mid-game run, going 3 for 4 from behind the arc during the stretch.

- MWSU shot 58% in the first quarter, 61% in the third quarter and 49% for the game.

- 13 Griffon steals aided in MWSU scoring 22 fast break points to Northeastern State's four.

- Chris Wilson led the Griffons with 16 points and was +34, with the Griffs outscoring the RiverHawks by 34 points while Wilson was in the game.

- Simone Walker had a team-high eight rebounds.

- Simone Rodney dished out a team-high five assists.

- Anastacia Johnson recorded five steals and scored 11 points.

- Mychaell Gray scored 12 points on 5 of 6 shooting.

UP NEXT

The Griffons hit the road, playing at Washburn (7-5, 1-2) Thursday night.

--- MWSU Athletics ---