February 2, 2013 - Kaleb Wright's attempt at a game winner at the buzzer fell short as Emporia State fell 52-51 at Northwest Missouri on Saturday.
The Hornets trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half and by nine with 17:40 left in the game. Emporia State used a 14-2 run early in the second half to get back in the game. Freshman Michael Harris scored seven straight for the Hornets in the middle of the run to give Emporia State a 33-32 lead with 13:37 left.
Northwest seemed to have control when they went ahead 52-46 on a layup by Grant Cozad with 2:19 left in the game. That would be the final score as Emporia State forced the Bearcats into a missed jumper, a turnover and a missed free throw in the final two minutes. Harris connected on a pair of free throws with 1:59 left to cut the lead to four and Gavin Brown buried a three-pointer with 39.7 left to cut the lead to 52-51.
After a Northwest turnover Brown missed a three-pointer with 11 seconds left and Emporia State fouled to put DeAngelo Hailey on the line. He missed the front end of the one and one with six seconds left and Wright got the rebound and took it to the corner where his three point attempt came up short.
Brown and Paul Bunch each scored 12 points to pace the Hornets and were joined in double figures by Harris with 11 points. Bunch had a team high eight rebounds and three blocks.
The Hornets are back in action on Thursday, February 7 when they play host to Lincoln. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. in White Auditorium.