Jan 07, 2020 6:25 AM

Griffons rally to win OT thriller against Northeastern State 76-71

Posted Jan 07, 2020 6:25 AM

ST. JOSEPH – Freshman Reese Glover hit one shot all night and it was likely the biggest for the Missouri Western men's basketball team. The Griffons (7-8) are now 3-1 in the MIAA and 5-0 in the MWSU Fieldhouse after a 76-71 overtime win over Northeastern State (9-5, 2-3) Monday night.

Glover's 3-pointer with six seconds left in regulation sent the game to overtime. The guard was 0 for 6 from the field when he knocked down the game-tying shot. Missouri Western took over in OT, scoring 14 points and limiting the RiverHawks to nine. The Griffons scored nine of their overtime points at the free throw line, missing just one shot in the extra period after going 7 for 13 through the first two halves.

Up by one at the half, the Griffons quickly found themselves trailing in the second after a hot start by Northeastern State. A dramatic final nine minutes saw the teams trade the lead back and forth before Glover's clutch shot. Northeastern State led by eight with 15 minutes to go in regulation, but MWSU chipped away, taking its first lead since halftime on a Will Eames and-1 with 8:34 to go.

MWSU jumped ahead in overtime before Caleb Smith knocked down a 3-pointer to tie the game at 66 with 3:20 to go in the extra period. Tyrell Carroll answered to put the Griffs up for good with 1:46 to go, 69-66.

NOTABLES

- MWSU is off to its best conference start since the 2009-10 season when the Griffons started MIAA play 4-1.

- The win left the Griffons tied for second in the MIAA standings with Northwest Missouri State.

- The Griffons are 5-0 at home after winning two home games last year and four the previous season. It's the best home start for the program since the 2014-15 season when the team also started 5-0. The five home wins are the most for the program since the 2015-16 season (10-5).

- The game featured seven lead changes and was tied eight different times.

- Northeastern State led for close to 24 minutes with the Griffons leading for a little more than 14 minutes. Neither team ever led by more than eight points.

- The Griffons shot 90% at the free throw line in overtime after shooting 54% in regulation.

- Caleb Smith (24) and Kendrick Thomas (20) took 44 of Northeastern State's 67 shots and scored 52 of the RiverHawks' points.

- Tyrell Carroll led MWSU with 23 points on 50% shooting from the field. Carroll also led MWSU with nine assists.

- Will Eames posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. He scored six of his points at the free throw line on nine attempts.

- Tyree Martin pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds, seven on the offensive glass while scoring nine points and blocking two shots.

- Tyus Millhollin went 4 of 7 from 3-point range and scored 14 points.

UP NEXT

Missouri Western begins a three-game road swing with a trip to Washburn (7-5, 2-1), Thursday night.

--- MWSU Athletics ---

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

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 ---