Saturday, December 11, 2010

Bearcats Fall in Overtime in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb.—Dillon Starzl and Shaneel Narayan led five Northwest Missouri State players in double figures with 15 points each. The 15 points are a career-high for Starzl, but it was not enough as the Bearcats fell Saturday night to Nebraska-Omaha 85-80 in overtime.

Starzl went 7-for-10 from the floor and pulled down seven rebounds in the loss. Eight of Narayan’s points came in the extra frame. Elijah Allen recorded his eighth career double-double in the loss, scoring 14 points and hauling down 12 rebounds for Northwest (2-6, 0-4 MIAA).

With the scored tied 71-71, DeShaun Cooper missed a tough, running shot in the lane with three seconds remaining and Tyler Bullock’s heave from just inside half court went off the backboard for the Mavericks (4-4, 1-3 MIAA) sending the game into overtime. Cooper scored 13 points in the loss and tied a career-high with nine assists, its Cooper’s fourth-straight game with six assists or more.

The score went back-and-forth all night with Nebraska-Omaha having the largest lead of the game at 28-22 with 4:32 remaining in the opening half. Northwest would go on a 9-4 run to end the half and were down just one, 32-31 going into the break.

Mitch Albers led the Mavericks with 25 points, while Alex Welhouse had 20. Bullock scored 19 and dished-out seven assists. Arunas Simanavicius was Northwest’s other player in double-figures as he had 10 points before fouling-out late in the second half.

Northwest hit 45.6 percent from the floor and made 7-of-20 from three-point range (35 percent). UNO shot 51 percent from the field and hit 9-of-17 from downtown (52.9 percent). The difference came from the charity stripe, as the Mavericks went 20-for-27 from the free-throw line, while the Bearcats were 11-of-20. Northwest dished-out a season-high 20 assists as a team and committed just 10 turnovers.

The Bearcats will be off until Dec. 18 when they return home for their MIAA home opener against Fort Hays State. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. from Bearcat Arena.

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