Jan 10, 2020 6:30 AM

No. 2 Bearcats pull away to defeat Emporia State 71-56

Posted Jan 10, 2020 6:30 AM

EMPORIA, Kansas – The No. 2-ranked Northwest Missouri State Bearcat men's basketball team pulled away in the second half to post a 71-56 victory over the Emporia State Hornets at White Auditorium.

Northwest moved to 14-1 overall and 4-1 in MIAA play, while Emporia State dropped to 8-5 overall and 2-2 in league play.

Sophomore Trevor Hudgins surpassed the 20-point mark for the fifth straight game and he posted a game-high 28 points. Hudgins was 6-of-15 from the field, 4-of-7 from three-point range and 12-of-13 at the free throw line. Hudgins missed his next to last free throw of the contest and snapped a consecutive made free throw streak at 29 in a row.

Sophomore Diego Bernard notched his fourth 20-point scoring game of the season with 21 points. Bernard connected on a trio of three-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds. Bernard tossed in two steals and two assists.

Northwest built an eight-point first-half lead at 25-17 following a Ryan Hawkins layup with 3:53 to play opening 20 minutes. However, Emporia State responded with an 8-0 run to knot it up at 25-25.

Bearcat sophomore guard Trevor Hudgins continued his torrid three-point shooting by hitting two in the final 2:15 to push the advantage to six at 31-25. Tyler Dougherty sank a free throw to give Northwest a seven-point edge with :36 left in the half. ESU's Keyon Thomas drilled a three-pointer right before the first-half buzzer to cut the Bearcat lead to 32-28 at the break.

The Hornets stung themselves in the second half when Brenden Van Dyke was assessed a technical foul for shoving the ball at Bearcat Ryan Hawkins. In the ensuing discussion about the play ESU head coach Craig Doty also picked up a technical foul. When all was said and done, Hudgins hit four free throws and Hawkins added two to give the Bearcats a 46-39 advantage with 15:03 to play.

ESU's Zac Owens knocked in a triple to cut the Bearcat lead to two at 46-44. But the Bearcats then unleashed a 16-4 run to take a commanding 62-48 lead with 5:16 to play. The capper to the run was an offensive putback by Hawkins.

Northwest will return to action Saturday at 3 p.m. against Washburn in Topeka, Kansas.

NOTES: Northwest has won six straight matchup against Emporia State … Northwest leads the all-time series, 45-23 … Ryan Hawkins collected his 14th career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds … redshirt freshman Luke Waters made his first career start … the Bearcats made 19-of-21 at the free throw line (90.5%).

--- Northwest Athletics ---

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Missouri Western women shut down Ichabods for 7th straight win

TOPEKA, Kan. - It wasn't an impressive offensive performance, but the Missouri Western women's basketball team (12-2, 4-1) extended its win streak to seven games by holding Washburn to its lowest point total of the season in a 58-47 victory at Lee Arena.

The win gave the Griffons their best start since the 2015-16 season when Missouri Western won its first 18 games on the way to a 27-4 overall record and an MIAA regular season title. It was a one-point difference in the second half, but MWSU held Washburn to 20 first half points and led by 10 at the break. Washburn had a 6-0 run in the third quarter and cut the Griffon lead to four, but that was as close as the Ichabods could get.

NOTABLES

- MWSU held Washburn to its lowest scoring total of the season. The Ichabods had only been held under 60 twice this season, both by Emporia State (52, 57).

- The Ichabods came in shooting 44.5% from the field, but here held to 30% shooting, Thursday night and were just 5 of 21 from behind the 3-point line for 23.8%.

- The Griffons ended up shooting 39.6% from the field after a 50% fourth quarter.

- Corbyn Cunningham (11) and Katrina Roenfeldt (9) pulled down 20 of Missouri Western's 47 rebounds despite scoring just four points apiece.

- Chris Wilson led the team with 15 points alsong with eight rebounds.

- Kylee Williams made her first four shots and scored 11 points.

- Tamia Cunnigan pulled down five rebounds in 20 minutes.

- Mychaell Gray left the game in the second quarter with an injury after scoring seven points.

UP NEXT

The Griffons are scheduled to travel to No. 16 Emporia State on Saturday. The Lady Hornets handed Nothwest Missouri its second MIAA loss of the season on Thursday, 79-66.

--- MWSU Athletics ---